Kyrgios wins maiden title in Marseille; Querrey takes Delray Beach crown; Cuevas claims Rio title

published: Feb, 21, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

OPEN 13 PROVENCE—MARSEILLE, FRANCE

Australian Nick Kyrgios capped off a dominant week of tennis at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, France, defeating No. 4 seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6(3) to win his first-career title.

Winning 94 percent of his first serve points, Kyrgios continued his stellar serving throughout the week, which saw him defeat Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych and Cilic in succession without losing a set or his serve. Gaining 250 ATP World Tour points for his victory, Kyrgios will likely hit No. 32 in the rankings on Monday. The Aussie is next set to see action at the Dubai Open.

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DELRAY BEACH OPEN—DELRAY BEACH, FL, U.S.A.

American Sam Querrey notched his eighth career title in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday, dismissing countryman Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6(6). Needing one hour and 26 minutes to claim the title, Querrey slammed 10 aces and broke serve on three occasions to improve to 4-1 against Ram in lifetime meetings.

Ram, who was aiming to win his third career title, defeated Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov en route to the finals.

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RIO OPEN PRESENTED BY CLARO—RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Pablo Cuevas claimed the biggest title of his career early Monday morning in Rio, de Janeiro, defeating Argentine Guido Pella 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4. In a match that featured two unseeded players, it was Cuevas who survived the slow, wet conditions to prevail after two hours and 17 minutes on court. Hitting an impressive 14 aces during the encounter, Cuevas won the match on his first match point after Cuevas hit a backhand into the net. The win marks the fourth title for the 30-year-old from Uruguay.

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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