Nadal, Thiem, Gasparayan, Pereira Win ATP, WTA Titles
by Staff | August 2nd, 2015, 1:18 pm

Nadal Turns Around Fognini Foil in ATP Hamburg Final

Rafael Nadal gained some much-needed confidence on Sunday after returning to his familiar clay courts, defeating a player who had beaten him twice on clay this year.
The top-seeded Nadal beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 to win the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg, his third title of the year after Stuttgart and Buenos Aires. He improved to 67-29 in career finals. Fognini broke in the first game of the first set, and served for the second set, in the end falling to 3-7 in career finals.

“I lost the last two times against him, so I knew it was going to be a tough one,” Nadal. “I think I had a great attitude the whole match, very positive, fighting for every ball. I had some tough moments on court, lost opportunities, but every time I came back and I kept fighting with the right mentality…It is an important victory for me.”

Thiem Machine Wins 3rd Title of 2015 at Gstaad

Dominic Thiem’s season of emergence continued on Sunday when he won his second consecutive title and third of the year, defeating David Goffin 7-5, 6-2 for the crown at the Swiss Open Gstaad.

Thiem, who next enters his home country Kitzbuhel event as the top seed, won last week in Umag and has now won 13 straight matches on clay. Goffin served for the first set before failing to cross the hurdle, and fell to 2-3 in career finals.

“I returned and served well, which is very important against such a great return player,” the Austrian said.

Pereira Sets Brazil Mark with WTA Florianopolis Title

Teliana Pereira became only the second Brazilian in WTA history to win a title in Brazil on Sunday at the Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis, defeating Annika Beck 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

In the final set Pereira won five games in a row to clinch the match. Earlier this year she won the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, becoming the third Brazilian in the Open Era to win a WTA title.

“When I came here I didn’t know if I would be able to play — my knee wasn’t so well — so I can’t believe I managed this victory,” said Pereira, defaulted earlier this year in a tournament when she flung a racquet that went into the crowd. “Something that inspires me is when people call me a warrior. It describes me perfectly. I know I don’t have the best forehand, or the best backhand, but I feel privileged to have this characteristic. I fight until the end. I never quit.”

Russian Gasparayan Goes From Winless to 2 Titles at WTA Baku

Margarita Gasparyan splashed onto the national scene at Wimbledon where her effective one-handed backhand allowed her to hang in a match with world No. 1 Serena Williams. One month later the unseeded Russian is raising her career-first title after Sunday beating qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 to win the Baku Cup.

In the semifinals Tig ousted No. 1 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Gasparyan upended No. 2 seed Karin Knapp. Gasparyan was 0-5 career at the WTA level in matches entering the event, and is the first player with a one-handed backhand to win a tournament this year.

“It’s been an amazing tournament for me,” said Gasparyan, who also won the doubles title with fellow Russian Alexandra Panova. She is projected to jump into the Top 100 on the WTA Rankings.

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23 Comments for Nadal, Thiem, Gasparayan, Pereira Win ATP, WTA Titles

Skeezer Says:

Congrats to the Thiem machine.

Giles Says:

Congrats to Rafael Nadal King of Clay.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Giles i left you a post on the other thread….

Gypsy Gal Says:

Congrats to all the title winners….

jalep Says:

+1 congrats to all title winners…

…including Isner in Atlanta, apparently, though only saw the score. Not sure why TC didn’t broadcast any Atlanta.

Wondering if Thiem can get the triple clay 250 – Umag, Gstaad, and Kitzbuhel.

RZ Says:

Congrats to all the winners this week. Interesting mix of first time winners and repeat titlists. Also congrats to the Bryan Brothers as well as Jamie Murray and John Peers for their doubles titles this week.

I’m glad that Rafa’s decision to play a claycourt tournament paid off, though part of me wanted Fognini to win only because the notion of Fognini having won his last 3 matches over Rafa is just weird and funny to me.

Felipe Says:

Good win for Nadal, but if he want to be back at the top, he MUST start beating te top dogs. This year he is 1-1 v/s Berdych / 0-1 Murray / 0-1 Raonic / 0-1 Wawrinka / 0-2 Djokovic (All matches against Murray, Djokoer and Wawa on clay).
Now there is no more clay, so the american hard court swing, Asian and the indoor season will be the real test

Gypsy Gal Says:

^I think we already knew that anyway^….

Dascochoke Says:

^Perhaps, the same statement can be put under all your comments, would you like that? jeesh.

Matt Says:

Call me a skeptic, but I think Nadal has his 10th RG as a swan song on his radar and that’s about it. His form has been way off all season (think back to Raonic destroying him at Indian Wells). A come-back ala 2013? Not happening. That is beyond the realm of natural circumstances. Returning to “form” would raise too many eyebrows at this point, imho.

He’s a clay specialist. Pretty much always has been – but indeed a great fighter/competitor.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Hes a clay specialist granted,however in his time hes not been too shabby on other surfaces either,its just hes been exceptional on clay,without clay im sure his fans would still be delighted that he still has 5 GS,usually good enough for any other all time great why not Rafa?and why take out a perfectly legitimate surface for one player,its not like we do it with any other player,so again why Rafa?….

Gypsy Gal Says:

Dascochoke @August 3rd 12.58pm,yeah fair enough,but im not here to pick a fight with you,im merely stating a fact,FYI though i have changed monikors,but ive always been upfront and honest about who i am,and dont hide behind sock puppets,you sound awfully familiar and seem to know alot about me,so i think your an old poster hiding behind a eh?….

Gypsy Gal Says:

Last sentence shouldve said hiding behind a new monikor eh?but hit the submit button by acident….

Gypsy Gal Says:

Sorry accident….

jalep Says:


Watching Wa.DC 1st round — Nishioka v A.Zverev, a couple of teenagers. The tennis isn’t anything as good as the Fabio v Rafa Hamburg Final but it’s the first time I’ve had a chance to watch either of these guys.

What I like most is the contrast. Nishioka (Japan) 19, is ranked somewhere around 100 something and is only 5’7″ – about like Olivier Rochus, if you remember him. Zverev is Delpo’s height but stick thin. Anyway, what I like most about the match is actually Nishioka’s blue checkered shorts and shirt. Think Stan the man’s FO outfit only in blue and white. Very nice.

The other excitement is Pospisock v Fish/Dimitrov doubles, sadly, Pospisock lost. Dimitrov served fantastic from what I saw – single and without a coach might be working for him ;)

Tomorrow is a better line-up – Kei is playing, but Andy must be playing Wednesday.

Mary Says:

Matt August 3rd, 2015 at 3:12 pm
“A come-back ala 2013? Not happening. That is beyond the realm of natural circumstances. Returning to “form” would raise too many eyebrows at this point, imho.”

if Djoko’s amazing transformation in 2011 did not raise your eyebrows I wonder why the return to form of a great player recovering from injuries and appendectomy should raise anyone’s eyebrows? The truth is, for posters like Matt and Chris ford1, no matter what Rafa does, whether he plays or gets injured or plays great or loses form, everything raises eyebrows!

skeezer Says:

“Djoko’s amazing transformation in 2011 did not raise your eyebrows …”
Sure it did. But no way no how did a gluten free diet cause Djoker to win 7 finals in a row over the then great Rafael Nadal. He just becamethe better player, period, and the results showed. And 2015 is now looking good too, what is the reason now? An Egg? Surely not an eyebrow…

Mary Says:

So Improving, becoming a better player ( Federer in 2003, Djoko in 2011), being in-form or going off form or in apparent decline because of physical issues or recovery from illness or surgery ( Fed in 2013 or Murray in 2014) are all part of every player’s history. No eyebrow required to explain except to some whose eyebrows seem to be permanently raised where Nadal is concerned!!!

Mary Says:

While it is accepted that Djoko became better in 2011, whether he became a better player than Federer or Nadal in their prime is moot. Some of the factors contributing to Djoko’s rise and dominance are the ageing of Federer and the breaking down of the body of Nadal. After a great 2010, it was unlikely that Nadal would be in the same great form in 2011. It was amazing how many finals he played although it was really his down year. Maybe his competitive spirit challenged by Djoko made him rise above his body’s frailties. Anyway after losing 3 consecutive grand slam matches to Djoko, Nadal won the next 4 against the improved Djoko who was very much in his prime.

jalep Says:

Mary, I can assure you that Rafa is not the only one raising eyebrows. If you go read a blog that welcomes discussions of doping in tennis and an open exchange of information about the subject, you’d see. But it isn’t a topic for here. It’s offending to many posters/fans and taboo.

Was going to post a link to the clinic sub-forum tennis thread if he’d like…it’s great place for sport performance skeptics and the curious about how it’s all done.

But there are more cheerful things to do and think about, right? So I didn’t.

Ruby Says:

@Jalep, agreed that it’s a much bigger, more complex conversation than is being had here and not a conversation that should surround one player, because that would be absurd. If there’s a doping culture in tennis, we can be pretty assured many are seeking the same advantages.

But it’s important to consider there are major differences between cycling and tennis and the kind of drugs that would be beneficial. There are differences in seasons, in training, and most of all in the fact that tennis is a mix of physical, visual, mental and strategic skills. Road cycling is pretty much power-endurance, power-endurance and power-endurance — for which useful drugs abound. Many common performance drugs would be of more subtle benefit in tennis and so the risk-benefit equation is also different.

jalep Says:

Ruby, sincere thanks for your response. Of course there are differences between the sports, however disagree on risk/benefit. Would not be appropriate to debate it here. If you wish, visit at the site I mention where programs and training, as well as risk/benefits are discussed openly. The tennis thread now lies dormant but come US Open it’s hopping with activity and your post above would make for interesting debate.

I dearly love both sports, the heroes, the fans and supporters. My aim is not to judge, deride a player or do harm, but use logic and reason to explain and make sense of the performances, recovery, responses and transformations which are surprising beyond suspending disbelief.


Ruby Says:

@Jalep, thanks for invite. I will check it out!

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