Monday, July 29, 2013

ATP round up


At the Vegeta Croatia Open Fognini fever striked again. Going into this tournment Fabio Fognini has been undefeated in the past two tournments and he kept this record going by reaching yet another final.Fognini eased his way throughout the tournment en route in the final with the exception being his semi final against french comback kid Gael Monfils. Fognini was push all the way during the final set in the semis but remained composed and roared to a 60 36 76 win. In the final he faced five seed Robredo who posted a good semi final win against second seed Seppi. On the day however Fognini fever was drmatically wearing off with Fognini clearly looking tiered in the final. In the first set Robredo sprinted to a 60 lead with fognini only achieving 33% first and 24% second service points won. The italian did display some glimmers of his fantastic form early in the second set but it was to be Robredos day with him winning in a easy 60 63 victory.

Whenever John Isner plays, alot of people more a less expect a long match and the Atlanta Open was no exception. Massive server Isner had close sets in all matches on his way to the final beating Americans Christian Harrison and James Blake as well as vertran Aussie lleyton Hewitt. In the final he met second seed Kevin Anderson who also had to battle in a couple three setter matches en route to the final beating Ryan Harrison and Denis Istomin. Anderson has been runner up in two ATP tournments this year already and unfourtnatekly Atlanta ended up being his third. In a extrememly close marathon match consisting of three tiebreaks, Isner saved two match points and shot 24 aces to a 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/2) victory. the Agricole Suisse Open things didn't go according to book for many players. Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci was defeated in the first round by shock German open finalist Federico Delbonis, Federers below par defeat in the second round and Switzerland other hope Warwrinka having to retire in the quarter finls due to injury. In the final is was unseeded world number 57 Robin Hasse against 6th seed Mikhail Youzhny. On the way to the final Hasse recorded a impressive 62 62 win over second seed Tipsarevic whilst Youzhny beat Argentinas Juan Monaco and Romanias victor Hanescu. The final ended up being a solid 63 64 win for Youzhny giving his his first title of the year and 9th of his career.

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