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.
Nowhere on the entire ATP World Tour is the doubles draw annually more intriguing than at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. In addition to the traditional doubles specialists, singles players--even the very top guys--often sign up for doubles in the desert.
Spain will not be in Davis Cup World Group action next week after being unceremoniously bounced out of last year's playoffs. But the nation's two best players did it proud this weekend on the ATP Tour. One day after David Ferrer captured the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title, Rafael Nadal lifted the Argentina Open trophy.
Lucie Safarova, the 28-year-old Czech lefthander, took full advantage of a weary opponent to claim the 6th, and most important, title of a long career when she defeated Viktoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Qatar Total Open.