Monday, February 24, 2014

Recap of ATP Rio and Delray Beach Finals including video highlights

Rafael Nadal def Alexandr Dolgopolov 63 76 (7-3)

Rafael Nadal claimed him 62nd title yesterday in Rio against an inspired Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukrainian had a great tournament with wins over David Ferrer and Fabio Fognini in his previous matches. On the other hand Nadal nearly didn't make it to the final after his epic semi final match against Pablo Andújar which lasted nearly three hours! In the final Nadal took control in the match early in the first set by breaking Dolgopolov to take a 3-1 lead. This then lead to Nadal taking the first set comfortably 63 in only 39 minuets. The second set was following the similar pattern of the first with Nadal breaking early. The world number 1 was cursing to a victory and was serving for the title at 5-3 up. This was however not to be so straight forward for him due to Dolgopolov producing some fantastic shots and defence to break Nadal for the first time in his career to level it 5-5. Dolgopolov then surprised everybody to take a 6-5 lead but Nadal fought back to force it in to a tie-break. Unfortunately for Dolgopolov fans he could not maintain the form with a couple of errors to enable Nadal to have a 5-2 lead. Nadal was then able to take the tie-break 7-3 to get yet another title of clay.

Marin Cilic def Kevin Anderson 76 (8-6) 67 (7-9) 64

Marin Cilic's excellent form continued after his marathon win over South African Kevin Anderson at the Delray Beach Championships. In the two previous tournaments Cilic has won in Zagreb and reached the final in Rotterdam (where he beat Andy Murray in straight sets in the quarter finals). The three hours and 13 minuets match saw two extremely close tie-breaks with Cilic taking the first (8-6) and Anderson the second after saving match point (9-7). Cilic took the first mini lead in the final set by breaking Anderson's serve in the very first game which eventually lead to him generating a 2-0 lead. The South African number 1 fought back by immediately breaking back to level the match 2-2. Despite Anderson’s valiant effort. It was still not enough to disrupt Cilic's momentum with yet another break of serve but this time the break was the most significant in the third set. Being 4-2 up Cilic battled to finally hold his serve to take the title on his forth match point. Cilic produced 9 aces and won 89% his of first serves during the match.

I am still trying to find highlights online of the entire match but no luck so far. So below is a video of the first three games of the match.Once i find the full highlights i will post it.

Disclaimer - I do not own these videos 

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