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Open 13 Provence Sunday Tennis Results - Bob Larson's Tennis News

Open 13 Provence Sunday Tennis Results


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Open 13 Tennis News
Open 13 Provence
Marseille, France

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Final
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [4] M. Cilic (CRO) 62 76(3)

Doubles – Final
[2] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 62 63
KYRGIOS WINS FIRST TITLE; PAVIC/VENUS TRIUMPH
•    Next Generation star Nick Kyrgios captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Marseille.
•    The 20-year-old Australian lifted his first silverware on the ATP World Tour at the end of a stunning week, which saw him beat two Top 10 players in No. 10 Richard Gasquet and No. 8 Tomas Berdych plus a Grand Slam champion in Cilic.
•    He didn’t lose a set all week and was unbroken in 47 games.
•    Kyrgios was contesting his second ATP World Tour final, having finished runner-up to Gasquet in the Estoril title match last year.
•    The 27-year-old Cilic fell to a 14-10 finals record. It is the second time he has missed out in the Marseille final, having also finished runner-up in 2011 (l. to Soderling).
•    Second seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus captured their third ATP World Tour title of the season.
•    Pavic and Venus lifted the trophy in Auckland in the second week of the season (d. Butorac/Lipsky) and then prevailed in Montpellier earlier this month (d. Zverev/Zverev). They have a 4-2 record in ATP World Tour finals.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Kyrgios: “I played my first final last year and was looking for my first title. But I didn’t really expect to win this title this week after having a couple of weeks off. But from the first round I started playing really well and just gained confidence as I kept winning matches.

“I think I served really, really well again. I was serving really well all week. I didn’t get broken once. That was the main thing that was good. And I was able to put pressure on my opponents’ serves a lot when I was going through my service games really quickly.”

Cilic: “I felt I was getting much closer in that second set. Every game was becoming a little more intense. I felt also that he was becoming a bit more frustrated, which was good for me. I had a chance at the end of the second set to get the break, but he managed to play well.

“I think he played really, really well today. He served amazing. It was difficult also from the back of the court. I think he was returning well, making a lot of returns in the first set. I didn’t adjust well enough on the balls that were coming back.

“But I’m really satisfied with the week. It’s really good moving forward and it’s important for me. Nick was playing high-level tennis in the end, but I wasn’t playing too bad either and that’s something good I can take from the match.”

Venus: “We’re really excited. It was a great week here and to be able to play that well in the final today. It’s our third title this year. We’re just looking forward to next week, starting over again and just going through the same preparations and see how we do.”

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