Berrettini Wins Stuttgart Title; Mannarino Claims Libema Open Crown

MercedesCup—Stuttgart, Germany

Italian star Matteo Berrettini defeated Canadian upstart Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-6(11) on Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany to win his this third career title and second of the year.

Withstanding 16 aces by his opponent, Berrettini won 93 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on one occasion during the one hour and 47 minute encounter.

Never facing Auger-Aliassime on Tour, Berrettini previously won the title in Budapest earlier this year and in Gstaad in the Summer of 2018.

Auger-Aliassime, who was playing in his third final of the season, was also playing in his first career grass-court event. Currently ranked No. 21 in the world, Auger-Aliassime previously made the finals in Rio and Lyon earlier this year.


Libema Open—s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Frenchman Adrian Mannarino won his first career title on Sunday on s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, dismissing Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3.

Defeating No. 2 seed Borna Coric earlier in the day, Mannarino needed two hours and one minute to claim his maiden tour crown. Striking four aces and winning 70 percent of his first serve points, Mannnario broke on two occasions, while losing his delivery once.

Previously losing six finals on Tour, Mannarino is currently ranked No. 44 in the world. The Frenchman will move up approximately 12 spots to No. 32 when Monday’s rankings are released.

Thompson, who was playing in his first career final, is currently ranked No. 62 in the world.

Andreescu, Thiem Win BNP Paribas Open Titles

BNP Paribas Open—Indian Wells, California

In one of the best women’s matches you will ever see, 18-year-old rising-star Bianca Andreescu captured the biggest title of her career on Sunday in Indian Wells, California, upending three-time Major winner Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Needing four match points to seal her victory, Andreescu struck two aces, broke serve on four occasions and won 100 total points to Kerber’s 94.

Losing her serve at 5-3 in the third set, Andreescu called upon all her reserves to close out the match in two hours and 28 minutes.

Improving to 28-3 on the year, Andreescu also took home $1,354,010 for her efforts.

Kerber, who still remains in search of her first Premier level title, remains the reigning Wimbledon champion.


Dominic Thiem capped off a sensational week of tennis in Palm Springs on Sunday, defeating Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open.

Striking one ace and winning 67 percent of his first serve points, Thiem broke serve on three occasions and lost his own delivery twice. Having to overcome the loss of the first set, Thiem began strong in set two by racing to a 4-1 lead. With the third set much closer in score, Thiem used his flat-hit ground-strokes and deep court positioning to outlast his legendary opponent.

Winning his 12th career title, Thiem is now ranked No. 4 in the world.

Federer, who was seeking his 101st career title, also fell in last year’s final to Juan Martin del Potro. Both Federer and Thiem will next play in the Miami Open.

Khachanov Wins Moscow Title; Edmund Captures Antwerp Crown; Tsitsipas Claims Maiden Title in Stockholm

VTB Kremlin Cup—Moscow, Russia

Hometown hero Karen Khachanov defeated No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to capture his third career title in Moscow, Russia. Dominating the match from start to finish, Khachanov needed 53 minutes to complete the encounter. Hitting six aces and winning 80 percent of his first serve points, Khachanov kept Mannarino to only 15 percent of his second serve points won. Improving to 3-0 against Mannarino in lifetime meetings, Khachanov collected 250 ATP World Tour points toward his ranking.

Mannarino, who was in search of his first career title, fell to 0-6 in Tour level finals.


European Open—Antwerp, Belgium

Top seed Kyle Edmund captured his maiden career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, dismissing No. 6 seed Gael Monfils 36 76(2) 76(4) in Antwerp, Belgium.

In a match that took two hours and 25 minutes to complete, Edmund withstood 17 aces from Monfils to capture his first title. Hitting four aces of his own, Edmund won 77 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points.

Monfils, who has encountered another year full of injury, was attempting to win his second title after prevailing in Doha, Qatar at the beginning of the season. Playing in his 28th career final, Monfils fell to 7-21 in championship matches.


Intrum Stockholm Open—Stockholm, Sweden

No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas captured his maiden career ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden, dismissing Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.

In a match that featured even play throughout, Tsitsipas broke once in each set on the strength of his strong baseline play. Winning 83 percent of his first serve points and 77 percent of his second serve points, Tsitsipas won 250 ATP World Tour points for his efforts.

Gulbis, who was attempting to win his seventh career title, fell to 6-1 in championship matches. The Latvian was playing in his first final in over four years.