Garin subdues Berrettini to claim Munich title

Garin subdues Berrettini to claim Munich title

Chilean Cristian Garin continued his remarkable breakthrough season as he defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(1) in the Munich Open final on Sunday, clinching his second ATP title.

Italian Berrettini was playing his second match of the day on centre court after defeating fourth-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-postponed semifinal in the morning session.

With just over a couple of hours to recover, the 37th-ranked Berrettini made a sluggish start in the title decider as Garin grabbed two break point opportunities to clinch the opening set in 35 minutes.

In the second set, however, Budapest champion Berrettini found his range on the forehand side to snatch a break before serving out the set to love.

Both players were tested on serve in the final set but it was Garin who dominated the tiebreak as he controlled the rallies with a string of aggressive groundstrokes.

"Everything was special for me this week, I will never forget this," said Garin, who will surge to the world's top 40 for the first time when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday.

It was Garin's 19th clay court match-win of the season and his second trophy of the year after lifting the Houston title last month.


Tsitsipas captures first claycourt title

Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas' French Open preparations gathered momentum as he claimed his first claycourt title with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory over Pablo Cuevas at the Estoril Open on Sunday.

Top seed Tsitsipas made the most of his Uruguayan opponent's struggles on the serve to clinch the opening set and grabbed an early break to serve at 4-3 in the second.

But the Australian Open semifinalist suffered a lapse in concentration and was broken for the first time in the contest during a stretch of nine consecutive points won by Cuevas.

Tsitsipas regained his composure to save a set point in the 10th game before sealing the victory in the tiebreak for his third career title.


Halep powers through

French Open champion and two-time Madrid winner Simona Halep brushed past Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-0, 6-4 in Madrid Open.

Former world number one Caroline Woznacki's Madrid Open lasted just minutes when she retired at 0-3 down to France's Alize Cornet suffering with a back injury.

Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, has been battling rheumatoid arthritis in recent months.

Fourth seed Karolina Pliskova saved four match points to see off highly-rated Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Unseeded Pauline Parmentier of France defeated Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina, who had been struggling with a knee injury, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6).

US 13th seed Madison Keys was also a surprise first round loser, going down 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

However, there were no such problems for former US Open champion Sloane Stephens as the eighth seed defeated Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).

Only two ATP matches were played on Sunday. Australia's Nick Kyrgios was a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 loser to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, a quarterfinalist in Barcelona last month.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, just 18, won the all-Canadian battle with Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6 (9/7) to set-up a second round clash against world number two Rafael Nadal.