Karlovic wins Delray Beach title; Simon captures Marseille crown; Ferrer beats Fognini for Rio trophy

published: Feb, 23, 2015

by: Nima Naderi

Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas, Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Hard-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic captured his sixth career title on Tour in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday, defeating American Donald Young 6-3, 6-3. Never losing his serve during the encounter, Karlovic hit 13 aces and struck a serve at 142 MPH to close out the match. Currently ranked No. 29 in the world, Karlovic took home 250 ATP World Tour points and $84,250 in prize money. Young, who was looking for his first-career title, never looked comfortable during the sixty nine minute match.

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Open 13, Marseille, France

Frenchman Gilles Simon used all of his court guile and experience on Sunday to defeat Gael Monfils 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4) and capture his 12th career title in Marseille, France. Hitting three aces and winning 64 percent of his first serve points, Simon improved to 5-1 against Monfils in career head-to-head matches. Monfils was attempting to win his sixth career title.

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Rio Open presented by Claro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Spaniard David Ferrer notched his 23rd career ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, defeating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2. Dominating the match from start to finish, Ferrer hit three aces and broke serve on four occasions. Needing 83 minutes to seal his victory, Ferrer improved to 8-0 against Fognini in lifetime meetings.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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