TennisMonday, February 10, 2014
Mayer loses in his first ATP final
Fognini beats Argentine in two sets
Leonardo Mayer of Argentina suffered a 6-2 6-4 defeat in his first ATP final yesterday against top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the Royal Guard Open in Viña del Mar, Chile.
VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile — Top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy defeated Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-4 yesterday to win the Royal Guard Open clay-court tournament.
Fognini had few problems with the unseeded Mayer, winning in one hour, 23 minutes. It was Fognini’s third ATP Tour title — and all of them have been on clay. Mayer was playing in his first ATP final. Both players will compete in the ATP Buenos Aires, which will have David Ferrer as the top-seeded player.
It felt more like a final on Saturday, when Fognini beat Nicolás Almagro of Spain in three tough sets.
Mayer has defeated Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the other semifinal.
ZAGREB INDOORS. Marin Cilic from Croatia overcame problems with his serve to win the Zagreb Indoors tournament yesterday, defeating top-seeded Tommy Haas from Germany 6-3 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Cilic gained his fourth title in Zagreb and became the third Croat overall to win at least 10 career titles. Cilic also lifted his career record in Zagreb to 22-4, winning 20 of his last 21 matches at the event.
Cilic — champion here in 2009, 2010 and last year — struggled with his first serve in the opening set but played some great returns with a solid baseline performance.
OPEN SUD DE FRANCE. Gaël Monfils beat top-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-4 yesterday in the final of the Open Sud de France to claim his fifth career title.
In an all-French match against the defending champion, Monfils did not face any break points — hitting 34 winners to 17 for Gasquet, and serving nine aces to zero for his opponent.
A former top 10 player, Monfils struggled with a right knee injury in 2012 and dropped to 119th in the rankings last year.