Monday, 13 February 2017

A.Zverev and Dimitrov win in Europe

Grigor Dimitrov became the first dual winner on the ATP Tour this year with his straight sets win over David Goffin in the Sofia Open final.  Although his first serve percentage was deplorable, Goffin still had more chances to break the Bulgarian serve.  He was especially wasteful in the first set, converting just one of five break points, while Dimitrov took advantage of both his.  Once he had the lead, it was clear that Grigor would be tough to peg back, and in a second set littered with service breaks, Goffin was slightly untidier, falling short 7-5 6-4.

Alexander Zverev's rise up the tennis tree continues, marked now with his second career title as a teenager - the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.  Zverev upset the French crowd in two sets and probably saddened Richard Gasquet even more, preventing the third seed from capturing his 15th career trophy.
The first set was tight, requiring a tie break to decide in the Zverev's favour, and the second set included just one break point, converted by the German, and enough to clinch the tournament 7-6 6-3.

In Quito, Victor Estrella Burgos completed a rare feat in tennis.  His third consecutive win in the same event - the Ecuador Open.  This was extra special, considering Italian Paolo Lorenzi was leading in the final by a set and a break.  Estrella Burgos fought back to take the second set 7-5, and the gripping finale went the distance, decided 8 points to 6 in a third set tie break for the Dominican Republic unseeded 36 year old.  He becomes the only ATP player ever to have won at least three times at the one event but nowhere else.

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