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.
Serena Williams is back in Dubai a year after pulling out at the last possible moment from the hard-court event. And the world No. 1 says that she hopes to make amends for that embarrassment by working to win the title at this edition for the first time.
The news isn’t so good for Jamie Murray whose doubles ranking had just re-entered the top 30 after slipping down for several years. The elder brother of Wimbledon champion Andy, has not played since the Australian Open and will be sidelined for at least another month after discovering a chipped bone in his pelvis.
British women’s tennis needed some good news to balance the delight still being experienced by the male counterparts after the Davis Cup win over the United States in San Diego just over two weeks ago. And Heather Watson is finally igniting more than a few smiles after finally getting her career back on track...