GILLES MULLER FINALLY WINS ATP TITLE, SOCK HEADS INTO AUSTRALIAN OPEN WITH AUCKLAND TROPHY

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GILLES MULLER FINALLY WINS ATP TITLE, SOCK HEADS INTO AUSTRALIAN OPEN WITH AUCKLAND TROPHY

epa05716456 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg along with sons Lenny and Nils, poses for a photograph with the winner's trophy after defeating Daniel Evans of Great Britain in the Men's Final match at the Sydney International Tennis Tournament, in Sydney, Australia, 14 January 2017. EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT  |

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By Ricky Dimon

 

Gilles Muller is finally an ATP champion.

Editors Notes: You remember Gilles He Is The Player That Beat Andy Roddick At The U.S. Open and ruined the AMERICAN Express “MoJo” ad campaign

 

At 33 years old and contesting his sixth career ATP final, Muller erased the demons of past final failures when he beat Dan Evans 7-6(5), 6-2 at the Apia International on Saturday evening. The 34th-ranked Luxembourgian held all 10 if his service games while breaking Evans twice in the second set.

 

Muller squandered set points at both 5-4 and 6-5 in the opener, but he managed to fight back from a mini-break down in the ensuing tiebreaker and seized it seven points to five. With momentum in hand, the veteran cruised through set two without any difficulty

 

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg is overcome with emotion after defeating Daniel Evans of Great Britain in the Men’s Final match at the Sydney International Tennis Tournament, in Sydney, Australia, 14 January 2017. EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS

“It means a lot,” said Muller, who was overcome by emotion during the trophy ceremony. “Like you can see, I was pretty emotional out there on the court. For the past two or three years, it was probably my biggest goal to win a title. I always dreamed of that, and I was so close last year…. So I was very scared and worried that I was going to be one of those players who never win a title. Now I have it, and it just feels great.”

 

“There’s so many good players; it’s always tough (to win an ATP title),” Evans commented. “I hope it takes me six years if I get one. I’d sign for it taking that many times if I got one. He got [a title] in the end, and good for him. It was his day today.”

 

At the ASB Classic in Auckland, Jack Sock lifted the second ATP winner’s trophy of his career with a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 defeat of Joao Sousa on Saturday. A back-and-forth contest saw Sock put himself within two points of a straight-set win before Sousa stormed back to force a decider. The Portuguese underdog even went up by a break in the third, but Sock quickly restored order to the match.

 

“Anytime you can take a title, it feels really good,” the 23rd-ranked American assured. “I’ve had it once before. I’ve had chances. I’ve lost in a few finals. Winning the whole tournament is definitely a massive confidence booster. I was able to put in a lot of work in the off-season and I think it paid off. I was able to make lots of gains and lots of strides forward. I think it really showed this week.”

 

“I think I didn’t play a great match,” Sousa lamented. “[Sock]was very confident and he serves very well, and I think that was the key of the match.”

 

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand.

 

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, (left), and Daniel Evans of Great Britain poses for a photograph with the winner’s and runner’s up trophies following the Men’s Final match at the Sydney International Tennis Tournament, in Sydney, Australia, 14 January 2017. EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS

 

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