The Week In Winners: First Titles For Anderson & Dodig
Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011
Rather a bizarre week in the ATP, wasn’t it? In Johannesburg, weird-looking giant homeboy Kevin Anderson captured the title; he was the fourth seed, but I don’t think anybody quite expected that. Still, with seeds tumbling earlier in the week, Anderson had a good opportunity and made the most of it, beating Adrian Mannarino in the semis and Somdev Devvarman in the final to take his first ATP title at the age of 24.
In Santiago, veteran Tommy Robredo took his tenth title (and his first since this time back in 2009), staging a comeback against Santiago Giraldo who served for the match up 5-2 in the second set before Robredo prevailed in three.
Robredo’s on to Costa do Saiupe next, where he’ll face Fabio Fognini who he defeated in the Santiago semi-finals, not unacrimoniously:
Once I was a little boy
Then Fognini called me a piece of shit*
And rounding off the week in bizarre occurrences, pretty much the only Croatian in the draw who no-one expected to win Zagreb won Zagreb – namely, Ivan Dodig, who backed up consecutive upsets of Ivan Ljubicic and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez by defeating eighth seed and last year’s finalist Michael Berrer for the title.
It’s always a great feel-good story when a journeyman has a good week and takes his first title, particularly when it happens in front of his home crowd. Particularly impressive for Dodig, as he had to contend with the Worst Coitus Interruptus Ever:
Dear oh dear.
*not an actual translation