Monfils takes Washington title over Karlovic; Lopez wins first career clay-court title in Gstaad; Fognini takes Umag crown

published: Jul, 24, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

Citi Open—Washington, DC, U.S.A.

No. 2 seed Gael Monfils won the biggest title of his career on Sunday in Washington, D.C., dismissing No. 13 seed Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4. Saving two match points in the second set tiebreaker, Monfils broke his hard-serving opponent on two occasions, while fending off 28 aces to claim the title. Winning 78 percent of first serve points, Monfils improved to 3-2 against Karlovic in lifetime meetings and took home 500 ATP World Tour points. The Frenchman also pocketed $348,200 for his efforts.

Karlovic, who was attempting to win his second straight title on Tour, fell to 16-14 in 2016.

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J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad—Gstaad, Switzerland

Top seed Feliciano Lopez won his first-ever clay-court title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, defeating Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 to claim the Swiss Open in Gstaad, Switzerland. Using his potent serve and volleying expertise, Lopez struck eight aces, won 86 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Needing one hour and 17 minutes to claim his fifth career title, Lopez improved his year-to-date record to 21-16 and 2-3 against Haase in lifetime meetings.

Haase, currently ranked No. 95 in the world, was aiming for his third career title.

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Konzum Croatia Open Umag—Umag, Croatia

No. 4 seed Fabio Fognini stormed to his fourth career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, defeating unheralded Slovak Andrej Martin 6-4, 6-1 in the finals of the Croatia Open in Umag.

Capturing his three previous Tour titles on clay, Fognini had also reached the finals in Umag back in 2013. Needing one hour and eight minutes to seal his victory, the Italian broke serve on three occasions and controlled the tempo of the match with his topspin forehand. Never facing his 124th ranked opponent prior to today’s final, Fognini won €82,450 for his victory as well as 250 ATP World Tour points.

For his efforts, Martin captured 150 Tour points and will see his ranking hit approximately No. 92 in the world on Monday.

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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