• Rosol, Garcia-Lopez clash in Bucharest title match

    4/27/13 10:28 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Rosol, Garcia-Lopez clash in Bucharest title match A surprising Bucharest final pits Lukas Rosol against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Sunday. Rosol is contesting his first-ever ATP title match while Garcia-Lopez is bidding for his third winner's trophy.

    Lukas Rosol and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they collide in the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Sunday afternoon.

    Perhaps their only link is Rafael Nadal. Rosol, of course, stunned the former world No. 1 in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012. Garcia-Lopez saved 24 of 26 break points before upsetting Nadal 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 in the 2010 Bangkok semifinals on his way to the title.

    Rosol is playing the best tennis of his career--or at least since the fifth set against Nadal. The world No. 48 will blow past his career-high ranking of 46th when the next week's list is released. Rosol has improved his 2013 record to a stellar 12-8 thanks to victories in Bucharest over Gilles Muller, Andreas Seppi, Viktor Troicki, and Gilles Simon. He was especially impressive in quarterfinal and semifinal routs of Troicki and Simon.

    "I hope to win my first final," Rosol said after beating the second-seeded Frenchman. "I have a good record at Challengers, where I only lost one of my six finals. So I hope that I can continue this good run."

    Whereas Rosol had been decent but unspectacular since last summer, Garcia-Lopez is coming out of nowhere this month. The 87th-ranked Spaniard lost five matches in a row from late January through February before not playing again until April. Suddenly, though, he reached the Casablanca quarters and finished runner-up at a Challenger event in Rome. Garcia-Lopez has been a marathon man this week, winning all four of his matches in three sets--over Horacio Zeballos, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Janko Tipsarevic, and Florian Mayer.

    His experience with close encounters should help Garcia-Lopez heading into what will like be another competitive affair. His 2-1 lifetime record in ATP finals also bodes well. Rosol, on the other hand, is playing in his first-ever ATP final. Still, the Czech appears to be catching fire and when he does, he is tough to stop. Rosol in three sets is the pick.

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RickyDimon , 4/27/13 10:34 PM

nice picture...has very little relevance to the text, well done

rafakid , 4/27/13 10:51 PM

That picture brings back good memories but I think the one with Rosol and Nadal at Wimbledon would be better. Rosol in 2.

chr18 , 4/27/13 11:49 PM

yeh because soderling and rafa have a brilliant chance of winning in bucharest tomorrow numpty

rafakid , 4/28/13 12:30 AM

Rosol looking very nervous in his first final. Playing like a frickin' Spaniard with all this defensive crap. Still won the first set 6-3.

chr18 , 4/28/13 2:53 PM

The camera focuses on players girlfriends and wives all the time in most matches so why dont they focus on rosol's boyfriend? Seems a bit homophobic........

Scrotracker , 4/28/13 3:24 PM

That is hilarious!! They introduced rosol in the trophy ceremony as the man who beat nadal at wimbledon in 2011, that must be embarrassing for him.

Scrotracker , 4/28/13 3:32 PM

Rosol just bit the trophy. ROFL

Scrotracker , 4/28/13 3:34 PM

Garcia-Lopez couldn't handle the wind.Rosol hit right through it.

stratocast51 , 4/28/13 3:56 PM

Rosol is a hit and miss type of player but he is still better than Garcia Lopez

tennis2011 , 4/28/13 5:32 PM

i think he fancies rafa just

rafakid , 4/28/13 6:00 PM

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