Sunday Champs: Carreno Busta, Cilic & Zverev

BMW Open by FWU, Germany

Men’s Final: [20] Alexander Zverev (GER) def. [158] Guido Pella (ARG) 6-4, 6-3.

While it was not the start that the German wanted, he found his game in time to avoid losing the first set.  Despite the pressure of playing on home soil, Zverev weathered the initial tension and attack of his opponent.  He won his third career ATP World Tour singles title and his first on home soil.  Pella started off well; however, he had worked too hard to get to the final and simply ran out of energy.

 

TEB BNP Istanbul Open, Turkey

Men’s Final: [6] Milos Raonic (CAN) lost to [8] Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-7(3), 3-6.

Raonic will take some comfort that in his first tournament back and on his least favorite surface; he made it all the way to the final.  Cilic on the other hand must feel a sense of relief after he has been struggling to find consistency in his game.  He defeated a quality clay court player en route to the title and he’s hoping that he can take this form into Roland Garros and throughout the rest of the season.

 

 

Millennium Estoril Open, Portugal

Men’s Final: [21] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) def. [28] Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-2, 7-6(5).

At this time of the season, everyone is assessing their game and trying to figure out what needs to change.  Novak Djokovic got rid of his entire coaching team because he wanted to recapture that “winning magic”.  Carreno Busta was hoping to go one step further at this tournament than he did last year to prove that his game is heading in the right direction and that no major change was required at the moment.  He will certainly be excited at prospect of his chances going forward provided that his thigh injury is not too much of an issue.

 

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