Besides the Fed Cup diaspora, last week’s tennis action included three ATP 250 tournaments on three different continents. (And Major League Baseball’s “World Series” includes just Canada and the U.S.A? Pffft!)
Marin Cilic won his fifth career title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in Croatia on Sunday, beating Michael Berrer 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. He’s now 15-1 for the year with his only loss coming to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinals. Not too shabby! Cilic agrees:
“I would say this [title] is the [most] special one. I did not have much time to adjust after the Australian Open; it was not easy to meet people’s expectations. I am proud about what I’ve done.” via ATP
In Chile, it was Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci with the trophy on Sunday, taking out Juan Monaco of Argentina: 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 at the Movistar Open. It’s Bellucci’s second career title.
Photo by AP Photo/Aliosha Marquez via Daylife.
Feliciano Lopez also won his second career title on Sunday (the first one coming over five years ago!), defeating first-time finalist Stephane Robert of France in the finals of the SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg, South Africa. I’d never heard of Robert before and was shocked to find out that he’s ranked #67 in the world – somewhere between Potito Starace and Michael Llodra. Gosh, the rankings run deep.
Here’s some press conference video for Feli fans and Robert fanatics:
Silly but true: Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, calls F-Lo “Deliciano” Lopez on her Australian Open blog.
F-Lo’s not surprised.
On this week’s international tennis schedule: the WTA has the Premier level Open GDF SUEZ in Paris (Dementieva top seed) and the International level PTT Pattaya Open in Thailand (Zvonareva headlines). The men have the ATP 500 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (Djokovic), the ATP 250 SAP Open in San Jose, California (Andy Roddick), and the Brasil Open in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil (Juan Carlos Ferrero). Only four continents. . .