Garin Wins Rio Crown; Opelka Claims Delray Beach Open; Tsitsipas Defends Marseille Title

published: Feb, 23, 2020

by: Nima Naderi

Rio Open presented by Claro—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chilean Christian Garin secured his fourth career title on Sunday in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, dismissing unheralded qualifier Gianluca Mager 7-6(3), 7-5.

Dispatching Borna Coric 6-4, 7-5 earlier in the day in match that was carried over from Saturday due to rain, Garin put forth the form that saw him win the title in Cordoba, Argentina earlier this month. Proving that he is quickly becoming one of the best clay-court players in the world, Garin won 65 percent of his second serve points and needed one hour and 34 minutes to take home the title.

The 23-year-old also hit a new career high of No. 18 in the world as a result of his efforts.

Mager, who was making an appearance in his first-career final, dismissed top seed Dominic Thiem earlier in the event. He is currently ranked No. 128 in the world.

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Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com—Delray Beach, FL, U.S.A.

American Reilley Opelka clocked-in double-duty on Sunday in Delray Beach, Florida, first defeating Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6(6),6-3 in the semifinals, before returning later in the day to oust Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2.

Using his potent serve to great effect, Opelka hit 46 aces throughout his two victories, while breaking serve on six occasions.

Winning the title in New York City last year, Opelka now owns two titles. The 22-year-old will move up to No. 39 in the world on Monday.

Nishioka, who is one of the shortest players on Tour at 5’7″, ousted No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert earlier in the event.

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Open 13 Provence—Marseille, France

No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas capped off an impressive week on the ATP Tour on Sunday in Marseille, France, defeating No. 7 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4 to capture back-to-back titles.

Needing one hour and 26 minutes to seal his victory, Tsitsipas struck four aces, won 79 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on three occasions.

Evening his head-to-head with Auger-Aliassime at 2-all, Tsitsipas now owns five career titles.

Auger-Aliassime, who fell to 0-5 in ATP Finals, recently made the finals of the Rotterdam, Netherlands last week. He has yet to win a set in the five finals that he’s played. The 19-year-old currently stands at No. 18 in the rankings.

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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