Monaco wins second Houston crown; Delbonis wins Marrakech title

published: Apr, 10, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP—HOUSTON, TX, U.S.A.

Argentine Juan Monaco won his second career title in Houston, Texas on Sunday, defeating defending champion Jack Sock 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. In a match that featured medical time-outs by both players, it was Monaco who gave up a 4-1 lead in the third set, only to break the American at 6-5 before serving out the title. Winning his first title in three years, Monaco won 67 percent of his first serve points, broke serve on five occasions and hit two aces over his American opponent.

Sock, who suffered from cramps during the third set, fell to 10-7 on the season.

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GRAND PRIX HASSAN II—MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

Argentine Federico Delbonis captured the second title of his career on Sunday in Marrakech, Morocco, dismissing Croatian upstart Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4. Capitalizing on his potent, left-handed baseline game, Delbonis won 80 percent of his first serve points, broke serve on three occasions and hit four aces during the championship match.

Coric, who was looking for his maiden ATP World Tour title, fell to 0-2 in Tour 2016 finals after losing to Stan Wawrinka in Chennai to begin the season.

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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