Fish, Golubev, Goerges, Chakvetadze Win Tennis Titles
by Staff | July 25th, 2010, 7:12 pm

Atlanta Tennis Championships
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Surface: hard

Mardy Fish won the all-American encounter with John Isner on Sunday in Atlanta, besting both the big-serving Isner and the heat with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) win. Fish extended his win streak to 10 matches after also raising the trophy on the grasscourts of Newport following Wimbledon. Fish defeated top seed Andy Roddick in the semifinals, while Isner edged Kevin Anderson.
Fish took the lead in he kick-off of the Olympus US Open Series standings as the men next move to LA. Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram beat Rohan Bopanna of India and Kristof Vliegen of Belgium 6-3, 6-7(4), 12-10 in the doubles final. 

German Open Tennis Championships
Hamburg, Germany
Surface: clay

Andrey Golubev, ranked outside the Top 75, claimed his career-first title on Sunday in Hamburg, becoming the first player from Kazakhstan to win an ATP World Tour title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over No. 3 seed Jurgen Melzer. The 23-year-old Golubev had won just eight tour-level matches this season coming into Hamburg.

“I never expected that my first title would be on clay,” Golubev said. “I played very well, I believed in myself. It was very tough. I served well. I played very well from the baseline. In the important points I played very good. I think the most important thing this week was that I believed in myself, I believed in my game, my forehand and backhand.”

Banka Koper Slovenia Open
Portoroz, Slovenia
Surface: hard

Former Top 5er Anna Chakvetadze won her first title in 2-1/2 years on Sunday, defeating first-time finalist Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 to raise the cup at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open. The Russian was unseeded, ousting the No. 4, 6 and 7 seeds en route to the final.

Larsson reached her first career quarterfinal last week in Prague, and this week the 21-year-old upended No.3 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to the final.

Nurnberger Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria
Surface: clay

Julia Goerges won two matches on Sunday, defeating Alize Cornet in a rain-delayed semifinal then Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4 for her first career title. “In the morning I told myself just try to get to the final. It was my fifth chance and I did it,” the German Goerges said. “I was so happy to be in my first final that I was really relaxed against Timea, and the crowd was so supportive too. I got tight on one match point but closed it out well. I’m so happy to have my first title.”

Bacsinszky was playing her second career final after winning her first title on indoor hardcourts in Luxembourg last October. Goerges became the second consecutive German to win the title after Andrea Petkovic won last year.

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12 Comments for Fish, Golubev, Goerges, Chakvetadze Win Tennis Titles

jane Says:

So Fish won; congrats to him, for back-to-back titles, with the Newport one as well.

jane Says:

Kind of feel for Isner, though he is the younger of the two; that’s 3 very close finals he’s lost – to Sam in Memphis and Belgrade and now to Mardy here. Must be frustrating on some level.

Andrew Miller Says:

Back to back titles for Fish. If Fish wins a Masters (Cincy?), got to consider him US Open contender (rather than a threat to seeds)

Eric Says:

It’s nice to see Fish actually winning finals instead of just reaching them.

mmm Says:

Fish as a U.S. Open contender!?! That’s a laugh. Roddick isn’t even a U.S. Open contender!

contador Says:

wow. was i ever surprised to read isner won last night when i got home!

hey Kimmi- at least isner got to the final in atlanta but i totally struck out in hamburg.

so much for bracket practice last week. but i’m not giving up yet.

summer clay season is very hard to predict, i’d say.

on hc, fish is looking very fit and cool. congrats to fish and golubev.

Jake Willens Says:

I am so happy for Fish. I think he has a big summer and upsets someone HUGE at the Open.

contador Says:

i meant that fish won…..hahahaa still in denial

surptised fish won over isner.

contador Says:

i just checked the weather in LA.

nice temperatures and less humidity. LA will be a huge relief, i would think for the players who had to play in atlanta.

jane Says:

Temperatures may be good. Although, based on having just been in L.A., I couldn’t get over the amount of pollution. : (
Cough cough. It seemed to get better later in the day and into the evening, perhaps after the sea wind blew some of it away (into the valley?) but some days it was pretty awful and I had to use an inhaler.

Kimmi Says:

Conty – we both flunked it in atlanta. I had Roddick. Should i start to put my money on fish? I bet the moment I start to believe on him, he will lose…lets hope not :)

Well, another bracket challenge practice for LA coming up.

Go Muzza.

Like jane, i also think it is bad Gulbis is on muzza qtr :(

contador Says:

hahahaa, exactly right jane. i can’t understand how people live there! it is better when there is some breeze but if it’s still, i can’t breathe there either.

but i got close, kimmi ( isner was in the final )

completely flunked hamburg. picked istomen and bellucci.

i’m at work but was checking in on LA. EG is on after z-ball and rainy. he’s playing lacko and SHOULD win. i am curious to see how he is. he hasn’t played since FO.

if ernie makes it past lacko, i’ll be happy. i totally don’t think he can beat murray.

murray should win the whole tourny.

but i hesitate to actually say my picks after hamburg. : )

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