After six previous failed attempts, Adrian Mannarino won his first championship match Sunday defeating Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3 for the Den Bosch title.
On a rainy weekend, Mannarino had to put away Borna Coric earlier in the day in their delayed 3=set semifinal. Then he returned to face the Australian for the title.
“People are going to stop talking,” said Mannarino of finally winning. “In France, we have another player, Julien Benneteau, who lost 10 finals and never won a title. Every time I was losing, I was on my way to Benneteau… This is a big achievement for me. I am not pretending to be Top 10 or anything. Winning a title on the ATP Tour-level is already something amazing for me and I cannot be more thankful to all the people who helped me get to this title.”
No, Mannarino won’t be Top 10, but he will move from No. 44 to 34, just on the edge of a Wimbledon seeding.
The 25-year-old Thompson was appearing in his first ATP final.
“Feeling disappointed to lose in that final, but I am very happy to make my first final,” said Thompson. “It was a great week for me… I really took advantage of playing well on the grass. It is disappointing to lose in the final, but a great week nonetheless.”
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