Open 13 Sunday Tennis Results
RESULTS - SUNDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2014
Singles - Final
 E Gulbis (LAT) d  J Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 64
Doubles - Final
 J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d P
Hanley (AUS) / J Marray (GBR) 46 76(6) 13-11 - saved 6
GULBIS A PERFECT FIVE IN FINALS; FRENCH DUO WINS
Ernests Gulbis is a
perfect 5-0 in ATP World Tour finals after beating Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga to the Open 13 crown on Sunday in Marseille.
The third-seeded Gulbis had toppled top seed
Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals and went on to win
his first ATP World Tour title since triumphing at the
St. Petersburg Open in October (d. Garcia-Lopez).
Gulbis improved to a 14-38 record against Top 10
opponents, 3-2 in 2014.
Tsonga was looking to
win the Marseille crown for the third time, following
victories in 2009 (d. Llodra) and 2013 (d. Berdych). The
Frenchman dropped to a 10-9 finals record.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
"My long-term goal in tennis isn't to be Top 20. It's to
be No. 1. Anything less than that wouldn't make me fully
satisfied. I don't want to get to 30 years old, look
back on my career and say I didn't make something of it.
Everybody's looking for satisfaction in life and my joy
and happiness is based on my tennis career.
think [the top players] feel threatened by my game,
because they know if I serve well and I'm aggressive,
then it's tough to play against me. I don't feel I'm in
the same league as the [Top 4] yet, I need to prove it.
Game-wise, I think that I can be.
"It's a really
nice small record for me. 5-0 is really good. I remember
when I used to play Futures and Challengers, I think I
lost maybe one or two finals. When I get into finals I
really have good form and good confidence and play my
best tennis. Today I was serving really well and in the
tie-break I was feeling really, really confident.
"I'm very happy right now, but the reality is that
you're back on court in two days. I want to keep both
feet on the ground. There's a couple of big tournaments
coming up. It's been a great week, but I want to build
Tsonga: "It was a high
quality match today and I have no regrets. He was very
solid and took a lot of risks. It was a positive week
for me. It was important to get some matches under my
belt. This is important for the confidence. Ernests has
a great game and can beat the best players in the
opponents played very well today. They had a great start
in the match tie-break with some excellent returns. Im
very happy that we managed to come back and win our
first tournament together.
Ive never saved six match points in a doubles match
before. We never gave up and we knew that we could come
back because we returned well. It was great to play in
an almost full stadium with the crowd behind us.