Pablo Andujar of Spain returns a shot during the second round men's singles match against Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 19 January 2012. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI |
“I’m very happy, as this is very special to me. I didn’t think that I could win here twice in a row,” said Andujar. “It was difficult with the three rain delays.”
Andujar capitalised on all four of his break opportunities, winning 47 per cent of his return points to triumph in one hour and 46 minutes. He is yet to drop a set in his three tour-level meetings with Ramos.
“Albert was a bit nervous at the beginning and I played very well during the first set,” Andujar assessed. “The second set could have gone in both directions. It wasn’t easy to remain calm in the end.”
The 26-year-old Andujar improved to a 2-3 final record, with all of his title match appearances coming on clay. He is 9-0 in Casablanca, taking 18 of the 20 sets he’s played at the ATP World Tour 250 event.
Ramos was contesting his first ATP World Tour final and dropped to a 14-10 season record.
Emotion. If there was one word which summed up two weeks of intense, demanding and often brilliant tennis at the BNP Paribas Open that was it. Arms froze; hands shook, tears flowed and even the occasional scream could be heard from the sidelines as players tried to gather themselves and release the tension that was building up inside taught and tired bodies.
Well it’s all over for another year, but what a year this was. First of, of course there was Serena. Her come-back was warm, her play in the first match was maybe decidedly lukewarm but it was enough to get her through to the semi-finals...