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Klizan, Martin

15.02.2020 - 21:40 Uhr

For the second week in a row, Gael Monfils overcame Filip Krajinovic in semi-final action to reach an indoor ATP Tour championship match.The World No. 9 landed 35 winners to move past Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6(5) and reach his third ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final on Saturday. Monfils is one win away from becoming the first man since Robin Soderling in 2011 to win back-to-back trophies at the Rotterdam Ahoy.With his third ATP Head2Head win against Krajinovic, Monfils has now reached the championship match in each of his three most recent visits to the opening ATP 500 event of the year. Since 2016, Monfils has won 13 of 14 matches in Rotterdam. Martin Klizan was the last player to defeat Monfils at this event in the 2016 championship match.[WATCH LIVE 1]Monfils will be aiming to lift his 10th ATP Tour title in Sunday’s final. The defending champion has won six of his nine tour-level crowns at indoor hard-court events, most recently at last week’s Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Only Andrey Rublev has won multiple ATP Tour titles so far this season.Monfils will meet #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime for the first time in the championship match. The World No. 21 served well throughout his 7-6(2), 6-4 semi-final victory against Pablo Carreno Busta to reach his fourth tour-level final.With neither player able to manufacture a break point in the opening nine games of the match, Monfils capitalised on nervous play from his opponent to snatch the opening set. After saving two set points, Krajinovic committed a double fault and a loose forehand error to hand Monfils a third opportunity. Monfils claimed the set with a defensive lob that Krajinovic could only clip with the frame of his racquet.After trading breaks early in the second set, Monfils failed to find the court on a forehand passing shot as four match-point opportunities passed him by at 5-4. In the tie-break, Monfils won three straight points to claim victory. The 33-year-old returned with depth and landed his 14th ace of the match to reach his second final in as many weeks.Krajinovic was bidding to reach his fourth ATP Tour final and earn a second career Top 10 win. En route to the last four in Rotterdam, the Serbian became only the second player to defeat Rublev this year alongside Alexander Zverev.

09.02.2020 - 15:50 Uhr

Five years after capturing his maiden ATP Tour title in Auckland, Jiri Vesely added a second trophy to his collection on Sunday to complete a dramatic week at the Tata Open Maharashtra.The Czech fired 26 aces to beat Egor Gerasimov 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-3 and become only the eighth player since 2013 to save match points in two matches en route to an ATP Tour crown. Vesely saved two match points to overcome Ilya Ivashka in a final-set tie-break to reach the semi-finals and advanced to the championship match after surviving four match points in another final-set tie-break against Ricardas Berankis.Players To Win A Tournament After Saving Match Points In Two Matches (Since 2013) Year Player TournamentRound/Players Defeated 2020 Jiri Vesely Pune QF (Ilya Ivashka) & SF (Ricardas Berankis) 2018 Bernard Tomic Chengdu 2R (Lloyd Harris) & F (Fabio Fognini) 2017 Victor Estrella Burgos Quito 2R (Ivo Karlovic) & F (Paolo Lorenzi) 2017 Feliciano Lopez London/Queens's Club QF (Tomas Berdych) & F (Marin Cilic) 2016 Dominic Thiem Rio de Janeiro 2R (Gastao Elias) & SF (Rafael Nadal) 2016 Martin Klizan Rotterdam QF (Roberto Bautista Agut) & SF (Nicolas Mahut) 2015 Rajeev Ram Newport 1R (John Isner) & QF (Adrian Mannarino) 2013 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Marseille QF (Bernard Tomic) & F (Tomas Berdych) The 6’6” left-hander improves to 2-1 in ATP Tour finals after winning his maiden ATP Head2Head match against Gerasimov. Vesely reached his first two championship matches in 2015, lifting the trophy in Auckland (d. Mannarino) and finishing as runner-up in Bucharest (l. to Garcia Lopez).After trading breaks in their opening service games, a tie-break was required to decide the outcome of the first set. Vesely found his best level, landing winners with his backhand and firing powerful serves to establish a 6/2 advantage. Gerasimov struck a short forehand into the net to hand Vesely a one-set lead.A second tie-break appeared likely, with neither player able to manufacture break points in the opening 10 games of the second set. But Gerasimov struck in the 11th game, driving his backhand to take time away from Vesely and extract multiple errors. The Belarusian levelled the match with an ace out wide, his ninth service winner of the match.Vesely quickly regrouped, gaining the crucial break of serve in the second game of the deciding set. The Czech won four straight points to break, using his backhand to dictate rallies before ripping a cross-court forehand return to take a 2-0 lead. Vesely maintained his advantage to serve for the title at 5-3 and held to love, capturing the trophy with a strong backhand net approach.Gerasimov was aiming to become only the second Belarusian to win an ATP Tour singles title. In 2003, Max Mirnyi defeated Raemon Sluiter to lift his only tour-level singles trophy at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.Vesely receives 250 FedEx ATP Ranking points and collects $91,625 in prize money. Gerasimov gains 150 ATP Ranking points and earns $50,710.

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