• Another Rosol rout gives him his first ATP title

    4/28/13 5:48 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Another Rosol rout gives him his first ATP title Lukas Rosol remains in dominant form as he overwhelms Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the Bucharest final on Sunday. Rosol captures his first ATP title two weeks after the death of his father.

    An inspired Lukas Rosol is playing like he wants to be known as something more than a one-match wonder.

    Rosol, famous--of course--for his five-set Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal, maintained his stellar form in 2013 by rolling over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Sunday afternoon. The 27-year-old needed one hour and seven minutes to win the first ATP title of his career.

    Contesting his first-ever ATP final, Rosol got off to a nervy start and dropped serve at love to begin the match. Interestingly enough, however, he did not face a single break point the entire rest of the way. Rosol also broke right back for 1-1 in the first set to steady himself.

    The Czech took control starting at 3-3 in the opener, beginning a streak of seven consecutive games to his credit. Rosol pulled away from Garcia-Lopez at the end of the first then raced ahead 4-0 in the second.

    Garcia-Lopez had won all four of his previous matches in three sets, and it was clear he was not ready to go the distance one more time. The 87th-ranked Spaniard served at just 48 percent in the second and never came close to getting back on level terms even though he held his last two service games. Garcia-Lopez saved one championship point down 5-2, but Rosol finished it off on his second chance by forcing his opponent into an errant forehand return.

    "I wanted to dedicate this trophy to someone, so I found the energy," said the world No. 48, whose father just died earlier this month. "I felt somebody was helping me from up top. It's not just about me.... I will remember this week. It was very emotional for me and is something special."

    Rosol, who had also thrashed Viktor Troicki and Gilles Simon in straight sets on Friday and Saturday, recorded two aces and three double-faults in his winning effort. Garcia-Lopez, now 2-2 lifetime in ATP finals, struck one ace while double-faulting three times.

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What's Berdych got to do with this story?

nadline , 4/28/13 7:45 PM

Maybe because they are both Czecks ;)?

danica , 4/28/13 8:32 PM

After match point, what were your first thoughts after knowing you just won your first ATP World Tour title?
Before the second set started, I was thinking about something else, my dad. I tried to just concentrate and finish the match in two sets. Before the last game, there were already emotions. I was shaking a lot before the match point, not because I was nervous, but because I was thinking about everything.

Was it a goal of yours as a junior to someday hold a trophy like this?
I never had goals like being No. 1 or winning Wimbledon. I just always wanted to try and find the level I could reach. Also before the season, my coach told a newspaper that I had the potential to be in the Top 20. I don?t know if it?s true or not. I just want to find my best level.

How does it feel to be the first Czech winner this year and first Czech to win the Bucharest title in the 21-year history?
It?s nice that I?m first, but it?s not about being first or last. I just tried to play good tennis, concentrate on my game and be healthy. Not getting injured is the most important thing. And also staying in a good relationship with my family and friends is always important too.

What were the things you did well to beat three seeds and win five matches during the week?
I just played my game. That?s most important for me. I like the conditions here. I hope I can keep winning like this.

You broke into the Top 50 after winning two big Davis Cup matches against Kazakhstan. Did that give you extra confidence coming into Bucharest?
If you win a couple of important matches, or even one in Davis Cup to help your country, it?s always something special. It?s really different as you?re not playing for yourself, but for your country. If you lose, it doesn?t give you good energy for the next week. But if you win, you have more power and confidence.

Last year, you beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon for the biggest win of your career. What did that win do for you since then?
More people recognise me, but it didn?t change me. Other player saw I can play good tennis, so they are more careful with me. People have asked for pictures and autographs. I cannot live on this result. I need to win more matches like this and have successes at other tournaments.

You have played well on grass, hard and clay with this title, what would you say is your best surface and why?
My best surface is clay because I grew up on it. This is where I started to play tennis. I feel very comfortable on this surface. I hope I can improve on the other surfaces this year.

You are now well into the Top 50 and likely be seeded at Roland Garros. What ranking goals do you have the rest of the year?
It?s not important for me. I just try to play good tennis. Everything is mental. Small things make big victories.

There have been a lot of great Czech players over the years. Did you have a favourite growing up or did one help you while you were first coming up on tour?
I always watched good players, not just the Czech ones. I liked Pete Sampras, Alex Corretja, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi. It was great to watch them and I tried to play like them in practice.

chr18 , 4/29/13 1:42 AM

You know how the camera's pan to Players' significant others in the crowd when the players are on court, Fed (Mirka), Rafa (Xisca), Nole (Jelena) and Muzza (Kim)? Well, next time Rosol is playing be sure to look out for that camera pan, that guy it settles on, that will be chr18!

rafaisthebest , 4/29/13 12:29 PM

Rosol can't afford what Xisca is asking to put on that act. He has a new gf after his divorce apparently. She is super super hot : riend-rn2060.html

chr18 , 4/29/13 2:01 PM

Your lusting after Rafa will not change who he is, chr18. In any case, Rosol looks more your type. Be careful though, Rosol does not look like a keeper......

rafaisthebest , 4/29/13 5:00 PM

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