Sonntag, July 20, 2014
A Final Day Full of Surprises
The winner of the bet-at-home Open 2014 went to his knees after the match point, threw his hands into the air – and cried tears of happiness: Leonardo Mayer!
It is the Argentinian’s very first ATP Tour title. In his eleventh career year. Consequently, the joy was huge. After the ceremony, Mayer directly hurried towards his box and popped the cork. He surely knows how to celebrate, however, needs to get used to the ceremony procedures because, today, there was no interview with the winner since “Leo” doesn’t like speaking English too much.
He also doesn’t need to. Because during the whole week the Argentinian let deeds talk. Of course, it’s a big surprise that he defeated David Ferrer who is ranked number 7 in the world. But, in the end, his record is great: Mayer played great tennis during all his six matches and surely deserved to win this very spectacular final. By the way, Ferrer agreed: “I would like to congratulate Leo and his team. Of course, I am disappointed that I didn’t win but, at the same time, I’m proud of Leonardo. He deserves it.”
Especially due to the fact that Mayer didn’t give in after losing the first set. He was break up twice in the first set, however lost the set 7-3 in the tiebreak. The reason: with 18-10 winners he clearly heads the stats, however made 21 easy mistakes (whereas Ferrer did only 9) and thus made it too easy for his opponent.
Then, in the second set, the tide turned and the Argentinian was the more consistent player. The statistics recorded a lot of easy mistakes but after 28 minutes Mayer clinched the set 6-1.
The third set was a true thriller. At 4-2 “Leo” seemed as the clear winner since Ferrer, who is usually known for being calm, was at odds with himself (“You’re playing real crap”) and even got a warning. But the top seeded player managed to hold up and saved himself into the tiebreak. Everybody, who thought that the strong-nerved top-favourite will take the tiebreak was surely disappointed. Mayer played his best tennis – and won 7-3 after 2 hours and 20 minutes. It was a sheer drama!
To get into the mood for the big final, the doubles final fulfilled all expectations. It was sheer fun to watch the top-seeded pairing Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares (AUT/BRA) and Marin Draganja/Florin Mergea (CRO/ROU) play in a quite full stadium in the noon sun. The tournament director, Michael Stich, surely agreed: “That was great tennis. Both pairings were absolutely entertaining and all four of them have had a great week.” Surprisingly Draganja/Mergea were the ones to cheer in the end. The unseeded doubles team converted its first match point and won the encounter 6-4, 7-5 and Marin Draganja’s cheers undoubtedly showed how important the trophy at the bet-at-home Open 2014 is to them. With their sensational rallies the Croatian-Rumanian team showed that winning the title was just perfect!
We would like to say farewell with the lyrics of the ceremony song:
“A cheer to us – to the moment, which will forever remain!”
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