Behold, this weekend’s champions.
For the first time in the 84-year history of what is now known as the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, both the singles (Querrey) and doubles (Bryan Bros) champions were successful in defending their titles.
Sam Querrey beat Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 in Sunday’s final. He saved a match point down 30-40 when trailing 4-5 in the second set, having practice doing so in the same stretch of his semifinal match vs. Tipsarevic on Saturday. Murray is the highest ranked player Querrey has ever beaten. A very good effort for a guy who seemed to be suffering from a lack of drive and confidence at Wimbledon. Querrey is now tied with Mardy Fish at the top of the US Open series rankings.
With their 6-7 (8-6), 6-2 (10-7) win over Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer in L.A., the Bryan brothers now own the record for most ATP doubles title won by a team. The Australian “Woodies” held the previous record of 61. Quotes via the AP:
“The Woodies put a record way out there. Sixty-one was Mount Everest when we started,” Mike Bryan said. “We love what we do. To get this, one of their many records, is special.”
Mark Woodforde congratulated the brothers in person, saying:
“For many, many years you’ve been traveling in elite company. Thanks to the victory today you’re in rarefied air. You guys stand together as one,” he said. “I know this 62nd victory has been waiting since May. Our run sort of ended because I elected to retire, but I know you two will continue for years to come. The floodgates will open entirely, so I know 70, 80 will come.”
All hail the Bryan Bros! A couple cool notes from the tournament:
– The Bryans extend their tournament record to six titles in LA, with wins 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. They have won 16-straight matches in LA (the Bryan missed the 2008 event to play in the Olympics).
– The Bryans were appearing in their 100th career ATP World Tour doubles final.
And for all of you who actually give a damn about the clay court tournaments at this time of year, Nicolas Almagro took out Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-1 in the finals of Gstaad (his second title in three weeks.) In Umag, Croatia, Juan Carlos Ferrero won the third title of his impressive 2010 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Italian Potito Starace.
Victoria Azarenka treated herself to a fabulous 21st birthday present, with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Maria Sharapova in Sunday’s Bank of the West Classic final in Stanford. This is Vika’s first title in 2010 – a season that’s been marked by disappointing results and injury issues.
“This is one of the best (wins), definitely,” said the young Belarusian. “I’m really excited to compete with so many great players. It’s exciting to go out and show my spirit.”
Glad to see we have a resurgent dark horse coming round the bend towards New York. I’m talking about Azarenka, not Sharapova. It would be fun to get a rematch of that thrilling quarterfinal Vika played vs. Serena Williams in Australia this January. I’m still up in the air re: Maria’s chances at the US Open. Is she a favorite, a dark horse or a long shot?
In Istanbul, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 to take the second title of her career.