Dimitrov, Delbonis, Cibulkova Win Tennis Titles

by Staff | March 2nd, 2014, 11:43 pm

Delbonis Debones Lorenzi for ATP Sao Paulo Title

Unseeded Argentine Federico Delbonis captured his first title Sunday at the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo, topped fellow unseeded player Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
En route to the final Delbonis defeated homecountry favorite Thomaz Bellucci and three-time Brasil Open winner Nicolas Almagro. “All the matches were complicated,” Delbonis said. “Especially the one I had with Nico when I lost the first set…I think that everything happened because of the calm attitude I had when facing the key moments. That allowed me to always find a solution and find again my best game.”

The 32-year-old Lorenzi was looking to become the oldest first-time winner since 33-year-old Wayne Arthurs won in Scottsdale in 2005. “I tried to win the final, but he played the important points better and that’s tennis,” he said.

Dimitrov, Cibulkova Capture Acapulco Titles

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Slovak Dominika Cibulkova captured titles at the joint ATP/WTA even in Acapulco, the Abierto Maxicano Telcel.

The top-seeded Cibulkova outlasted unseeded American Christina McHale 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4, improving to 4-6 in WTA finals.

“For me this was supposed to be preparation before the big ones, but now it’s one of my favorite tournaments,” Cilbulkova said. “The resort, the courts and everything — I’m happy they made it to hardcourts. I really fell in love with this tournament.”

McHale was playing in the first WTA final of her career. “I was just trying to stay with her,” she said. “But hopefully there will be more finals to come for me.”

Dimitrov won a marathon over Kevin Anderson 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(5) after almost three hours.

“Belief is the only thing that kept me going today,” said Dimitrov, who beat Andy Murray in a late-night match in the semis. “I didn’t think I was going to come back after last night’s match. I’m really happy.”

It was the second career title for the 22-year-old after Stockholm last year.

Dimitrov withstood 13 aces and 46 winners from Anderson for the victory. “I’m going to have to move on and take positives and take belief, because you can get down or get even more motivated,” Anderson said. “I had my chances, I just didn’t execute them.”


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31 Comments for Dimitrov, Delbonis, Cibulkova Win Tennis Titles

Skeezer Says:

No discredit to Delbonis, but who watched this Clay borefest? Just proves Clay court tennis is a secondary sport. Unless Mr.
Armani is playing, most likely the watching is for other reasons per vamosheads, not tennis.

Hippy Chic Says:

I really wish Rafa had never done AR-BLOODY-MANI,it just so happens some of us enjoy his tennis not his body,maybe his tennis isnt to everyones liking but he has won 13 GS 62 titles overall so he must be doing something right,if clay is so inferior then theres not much point in Novak wanting to win the FO,may as well not bother as its regarded as the poor mans surface/ GS etc,people seem to forget he actually has 5 GS off clay,usually thats considered good enough for anyone Rafa has almost as many GS off clay as Novak has in his entire career(no disrespect).

Hippy Chic Says:

Futhur more i actually enjoy watching Rafa more now off clay,hes actually become more agressive on the HCs like IW against Delpo in the final,and Novak at the Canadian open,USO last year,some of the best HC tennis ive ever seen him play IMO.

nadalista Says:

Personally, I am happy Rafa is an Armani underwear model, smoking hot. What’s not to like, miow….

Those who do not like it, look elsewhere, duh. Sure there’s plenty of uh-hot messes out there to look at.

I also enjoy watching Rafa play on clay, grass, HC, where ever. Damn, I swear that is a crushing FH he just executed underwater in Cozumel there:


Vamos Champ! See you at IW!

Giles Says:

Alison. I really don’t know why you go all defensive when these types mention Armani. Armani chose Rafa as their model out of millions of bods. What’s not to like? If you’ve got it flaunt it and what better way than being bestowed with the honour of being an Armani model. Those who criticise are green eyed monsters!

Hippy Chic Says:

^Granted nothing wrong with it dont get me wrong,but I would like him to be known for his tennis,and given credit for his achievements in tennis,rather than been known some pretty boy that flaunts his body ala Beckham,Ronaldo,all that kitsch is soooo irritating,and i wouldnt want him to go down that road,where the private lives and endorsements over shadow the sport itself.^

Giles Says:

^^^ Aren’t you going a bit OTT? Rafa is known for his tennis and Armani, Poker Stars etc are endorsements which come in a variety of ways. Thank goodness he didn’t have to do sumo wrestling for one of his sponsors!!

Hippy Chic Says:

Personally i have nothing against any player,sportsperson or otherwise doing endorsements in whatever shape or form they choose,i just think its sad when it over shadows what they are doing in their everyday job,which it does alot of the time,and they end up getting held under ridicule for it,like your doing to Roger,and like Skeezers doing to Rafa,let them just play and get on with their tennis,whats it matter what endorsements they promote anyway?way too much kitsch IMO.

nadalista Says:

If Skeezer wants to ridicule Rafa for his Armani endorsements, let him, it’s his right. You clearly seem very sensitive to @skeezer’s likes and dislikes @Hippy Chic, and that’s okay too, your choice.

Just because you and @skeezer find Rafa and his Armani ads annoying doesn’t mean everybody has to.

Rafa + Armani = hotness personified…….miew.

Vamos Rafa!
Vamos Armani!

Hippy Chic Says:

Anyway congrats to all title winners,especially that little pocket rocket Cibulkova,love her game and her passionate fiesty attitude and personality,would love to see her bag a GS at some point.

Hippy Chic Says:

Nadalista true and fair enough,on all points,we are all entitled to our opinions(apparantly),TBH it wasnt even about Skeeer really anyway its more to do with the OTT kitsch that sometimes goes with some of these sportstars.

A Tango Lad Says:

I think that there are some closet Nadal fans out there who are rather obsessively preoccupied. They can’t seam to leave the man alone even on stories that have nothing to do with him nor has he even been mentioned!

Clay just happens to be the surface most great players today in the Top 10 grew up on including Nadal and Djokovic and (even Murray recognized this early in his career) and without that experience, your game at the elite level in the Top 10 today is limited to a certain degree.

Happy this young Delbonis won. Just goes to show that it wasn’t some random player that beat Federer last summer. This guy has some real skills!

A Tango Lad Says:

Even most of Roger’s matches in juniors were on clay. In 1997 when Roger was 15/16, it was the only surface Roger competed on so let’s not pretend clay is not important just to raise the ire of other respectful posters.

metan Says:

Red clay is so exotic like those who likes to play there including Delbonis. Hotttttt!!!!
Green grass is classy as usual prefer by papa players .
Hard court is innovative love by baby and younger players.

Giles Says:

Please note everybody guys the title of this thread. Please note everybody guys the first comment on this thread especially the last line thereof. Of course the comment was made by none other than the provocateur skeezer. Jealous much! Fan of sumo wrestler!

Giles Says:

Can’t wait for the clay season to start and watch the brilliance of the Champ on the red stuff.
Vamos Rafa!
@nadalista. Well said.

pigoonse Says:

Lorenzi losing was sad. He is 32, a hard worker and a respectable journeyman on tour, but has no ATP title to show for it. It looked for the first set like he would get rewarded. The Brazilian crowd was supporting him (or at least against the Argentine ). All credit to Delbonis he hung in there and waited for his chances through the semi-final with home favorite, Bellucci. Bellucci did what he does on home turf, get his fans excited, then tightened up and lost the match in a heartbreaker. The Bellucci/Delbonis semi-final was entertaining. Delbonis also knocked off Almagro on his way, so congratulations to him!

Congratulations to Dominika Cibulkove and Grigor Dimitrov again (and to Roger Federer).

Looking forward to IW and seeing how Wawrinka does. He has a bulls-eye on his back. Dimitrov will be another marked man. Maybe they both will take some of the pressure off of the number one seed and defending champion?

Okiegal Says:

If it was Roger who held 8 French open titles, it would be a different story. His fans would love clay! Rafa is known as king of clay and that’s a title Roger will never own! As Chic stated, Rafa has proved himself on all surfaces…….but clay is my favorite, I’ll have to say……however, watching Rafa on any surface is exciting. I pay little attention to his Armani ads……….why would I?? I live with a hot guy day in and day out!! Lol I will leave the wonder lust to his younger fans!

Branco Says:

What is this nonsense I read that “clay court is a secondary sport”?! Clay court is really fun to watch and a surface where you can appreciate a player’s ability to construct a point…

Giles Says:

Didn’t Delbonis beat Faderer in Hamburg last year? Yes he did!

SG1 Says:

I think we may be looking at Federer 2.0 (or at least 1.1) as opposed to Faderer. He’s on a mission to leave the game on his terms. I don’t think he’ll win another slam but what I think doesn’t matter. Federer believes there’s at least one more great slam run left in him and based on his recent results, it doesn’t seem as improbable as it did 4 or 5 months ago.

pigoonse Says:


Delbo, as is his nickname, is a 190cm, sturdy, lefty clay courter. and he does well under pressure – that is my impression of him – also he is not at all self-conscious (unlike the more talented Bellucci).

I did not see that Hamburg match but it’s not surprising, after watching him win Sao Paulo, that he took it to Federer.

Delbo does not have the charisma of Dimitrov but he can sure close out a match!

pigoonse Says:

From watching the last AO, it looks like Federer is just one tough 4 setter away from Faderer.

He plays clever and efficient tennis. He knows these opponents inside and out too. If he gets lucky with a draw he could but…

…it would be tough. He is on a mission to finish on his own terms, SG1, so who am I to say.

Slice Tennis Says:


Frankie Says:

Why can”‘t people enjoy whoever wins. Debating a match after the fact is fruitless and usually turns into. My player is better than your player and neither even played the match.

Slice Tennis Says:

“I think that there are some closet Nadal fans out there who are rather obsessively preoccupied. They canโ€™t seam to leave the man alone even on stories that have nothing to do with him nor has he even been mentioned!”


Okiegal Says:

@Slice Tennis ^^^^

I have noticed the same thing!! Non Rafa fans are obsessed with him…….go figure!! Lol

Giles Says:

^^^ That’s because Rafa is da man!
Vamos Champ!

Slice Tennis Says:

That’s the effect of 23-10.
Make no mistake….Rafa has numerous other unique records that puts him above many past greats.
But the most infuriating of all his records is his record against the weak era goat.

Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal you live with a hot guy?yeah me too lol,and more to the point they both live with hot women lol,ive said it before that the only man id leave Mr Hippy Chic for would be Mr Hugh(Wolverine)Jackman,anyway its Rafas tennis i love to watch not his body,whatever the surface win or lose.

Okiegal Says:


Yes maam I do and vice versa! Skeezer started this conversation with his first post! Want to make that clear to everyone. We have to defend ourselves about our fav, right?? We watch Rafa because of his prowess on the tennis court and not because of his Armani under wear! Does he wear them well?? Heck
yes! There I said it.

@Branco 11:31

I agree with you on the fact that clay is not a secondary surface. A lot of fans hate clay and I don’t know why……well, on second thought I do know why but rather not go into it. When the sport was introduced it was played on grass and then clay.
I guess we all have our preferred surfaces, mine happens to be clay. But I will be concentrating on HC this week!

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