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First-Time Winner Spotlight: Adrian Mannarino

Adrian Mannarino entered Sunday’s Libema Open final having lost his first six ATP Tour championship matches. But the lefty would not be denied, defeating Aussie Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3 to earn his first crown. The 30-year-old had previously reached two grass-court finals, both in Antalya. But he finally broke through in ‘s-Hertogenbosch against Thompson, a first-time ATP Tour finalist.

ATPTour.com caught up with Mannarino after his win…

How does it feel to be holding your first ATP Tour trophy?
That feels pretty good. This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time now. I’ve been losing many finals before achieving this first title, so it feels pretty good.

Was this a goal that you’ve had as a junior and did you think it would take this long, at age 30, to do it?
Actually I didn’t have a real goal when I was a junior. My ambition was to be one of the Top 100 players. With time I saw that my ATP Ranking was getting better. I was not far from getting a title. Ever since I got my first final in Auckland in 2015 I really wanted a title badly. It took time, but I finally made it and it’s something that I’ll have forever.

Did you go into your seventh final with a different mindset after losing your previous six?
Not really. I wouldn’t say that I’ve been handling my stress better than the other times. I don’t think the quality of the match was the best. But there is always a first time and actually I don’t really care about the way I played. I’m just happy that I finally made it and I feel that if I have to play another final in the future it is going to be way easier after winning a title already.

Adrian Mannarino defeats Jordan Thompson in two hours and one minute to win the Libema Open title on Sunday.

What do you think you did well during the week to put together five wins in a row for the first time?
I’ve been pretty consistent during the whole week. I’ve been playing with some really good players and I was not expecting to beat these kind of players, especially on grass. But I was feeling good on the court, I was enjoying my game and just battling all the time and I finally got through match after match. I don’t really know the reason why I finally won this week, but that’s alright.

You dropped the first set against Verdasco, Goffin and Coric. What does that require from you mentally to come back?
It was not that hard mentally. I was enjoying my game. It was a really cool match, especially against David. I like the way he’s playing. I always have a lot of fun playing against him. It was cool, I was feeling good on court after a couple months on clay courts where I was not playing my best. So I was just happy about the way I was playing and I finally got through some tough matches, but I was not thinking that much. I was just enjoying the moment.

Read More: The Maturation Of Mannarino

Now that you’ve won your first title, what are your next goals?
My goal is to try to do my best day after day, whether in practice or during my matches. I’m trying to be as professional as I can. I don’t think about goals in terms of rankings or tournaments, I’m just going on court every day and trying to do my best. So I’ll stay with that goal and see what the future will bring.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge who has helped you get to where you are today?
There are a lot of people of course, especially when I was a kid growing up playing at a little club. My parents have been doing a lot of sacrificing to get me to this level and also my family. I had a lot of coaches and physical coaches and I’d like to thank all the people who were involved in this project and finally made it possible for me to get a title and maybe more in the future.

First-Time Winner Spotlight: Adrian Mannarino

Adrian Mannarino entered Sunday’s Libema Open final having lost his first six ATP Tour championship matches. But the lefty would not be denied, defeating Aussie Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3 to earn his first crown. The 30-year-old had previously reached two grass-court finals, both in Antalya. But he finally broke through in ‘s-Hertogenbosch against Thompson, a first-time ATP Tour finalist.

ATPTour.com caught up with Mannarino after his win…

How does it feel to be holding your first ATP Tour trophy?
That feels pretty good. This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time now. I’ve been losing many finals before achieving this first title, so it feels pretty good.

Was this a goal that you’ve had as a junior and did you think it would take this long, at age 30, to do it?
Actually I didn’t have a real goal when I was a junior. My ambition was to be one of the Top 100 players. With time I saw that my ATP Ranking was getting better. I was not far from getting a title. Ever since I got my first final in Auckland in 2015 I really wanted a title badly. It took time, but I finally made it and it’s something that I’ll have forever.

Did you go into your seventh final with a different mindset after losing your previous six?
Not really. I wouldn’t say that I’ve been handling my stress better than the other times. I don’t think the quality of the match was the best. But there is always a first time and actually I don’t really care about the way I played. I’m just happy that I finally made it and I feel that if I have to play another final in the future it is going to be way easier after winning a title already.

Adrian Mannarino defeats Jordan Thompson in two hours and one minute to win the Libema Open title on Sunday.

What do you think you did well during the week to put together five wins in a row for the first time?
I’ve been pretty consistent during the whole week. I’ve been playing with some really good players and I was not expecting to beat these kind of players, especially on grass. But I was feeling good on the court, I was enjoying my game and just battling all the time and I finally got through match after match. I don’t really know the reason why I finally won this week, but that’s alright.

You dropped the first set against Verdasco, Goffin and Coric. What does that require from you mentally to come back?
It was not that hard mentally. I was enjoying my game. It was a really cool match, especially against David. I like the way he’s playing. I always have a lot of fun playing against him. It was cool, I was feeling good on court after a couple months on clay courts where I was not playing my best. So I was just happy about the way I was playing and I finally got through some tough matches, but I was not thinking that much. I was just enjoying the moment.

Read More: The Maturation Of Mannarino

Now that you’ve won your first title, what are your next goals?
My goal is to try to do my best day after day, whether in practice or during my matches. I’m trying to be as professional as I can. I don’t think about goals in terms of rankings or tournaments, I’m just going on court every day and trying to do my best. So I’ll stay with that goal and see what the future will bring.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge who has helped you get to where you are today?
There are a lot of people of course, especially when I was a kid growing up playing at a little club. My parents have been doing a lot of sacrificing to get me to this level and also my family. I had a lot of coaches and physical coaches and I’d like to thank all the people who were involved in this project and finally made it possible for me to get a title and maybe more in the future.

Seventh Final The Charm For Mannarino, A First-Time Titlist In ‘s-Hertogenbosch

In his seventh ATP Tour final, Adrian Mannarino finally captured his first tour-level crown at the Libema Open on Sunday.

After finishing off his semi-final win against second seed Borna Coric earlier in the day, the 30-year-old battled past Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3 in two hours and one minute. Mannarino lost his first five tour-level matches of the year, but has claimed victory in 11 of his 19 matches since arriving in Delray Beach.

“People are going to stop talking [about my finals record],” said Mannarino. “In France, we have another player, Julien Benneteau, who lost 10 finals and never won a title. Every time I was losing a [final] I was on my way to Benneteau… This is a big achievement for me. I am not pretending to be Top 10 or anything. Winning a title on the ATP Tour level is already something amazing for me and I cannot be more thankful to all the people who helped me get to this title.”

Mannarino improves to 3-1 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Thompson, with each of his three wins over the Aussie coming on grass courts. The Frenchman, who saved six of seven break points in the championship match, also defeated Thompson on the surface at this event in 2017 and at the Hall of Fame Open last year.

The World No. 44 defeated three seeded opponents in five matches at the ATP 250 event this week. Mannarino overcame fourth seed Fernando Verdasco and fifth seed David Goffin, before his final-set tie-break win against Coric in the semi-finals.

“During my matches with Verdasco and Goffin, I was enjoying the moment because I was feeling good on court,” said Mannarino. “I was down in the score but I was really having a good time on court and this is probably why I didn’t get nervous when I had to close the matches.”

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After breaking to love in the opening game of the match, Mannarino surrendered his break advantage at 3-2 as Thompson began to win the battle of the forehands. The Aussie stepped into the court with power to earn break point, before Mannarino gifted the break back after firing a forehand into the tramline.

A tie-break was needed to separate the two men bidding for their first ATP Tour title and it was Mannarino who found his best level in the crucial moments. Facing two set points at 4/6, Mannarino served with power and capitalised on multiple forehand errors, before eventually clinching the set with a pinpoint backhand passing shot on the run.

Mannarino increased his advantage early in the second set with patience from the baseline, as Thompson misfired on his forehand side to take a 3-1 lead. The Frenchman then charged to victory, holding to love at 5-3 to clinch the title as Thompson fired a backhand return beyond the baseline.

Before arriving in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Thompson had never reached the semi-finals of an ATP Tour event. As a result of his run to the championship match, the 25-year-old Australian is projected to crack the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday.

“[I am] feeling disappointed to lose in that final, but I am very happy to make my first final,” said Thompson. “It was a great week for me… I really took advantage of playing well on the grass. It is disappointing to lose in the final, but a great week nonetheless.”

Mannarino receives 250 ATP Ranking points and collects €109,590 for claiming his first ATP Tour trophy. Thompson gains 150 ATP Ranking points and receives €59,255.

“This is a place that I never really played well in the past. I have been playing this tournament many times… and I was not expecting anything from this week,” said Mannarino. “I hadn’t been playing really well on clay, I was injured too. I came here and [thought], ‘Okay, let’s try to get ready for the next tournament, at least’ and things went really well.”

Seventh Final The Charm For Mannarino, A First-Time Titlist In ‘s-Hertogenbosch

In his seventh ATP Tour final, Adrian Mannarino finally captured his first tour-level crown at the Libema Open on Sunday.

After finishing off his semi-final win against second seed Borna Coric earlier in the day, the 30-year-old battled past Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3 in two hours and one minute. Mannarino lost his first five tour-level matches of the year, but has claimed victory in 11 of his 19 matches since arriving in Delray Beach.

“People are going to stop talking [about my finals record],” said Mannarino. “In France, we have another player, Julien Benneteau, who lost 10 finals and never won a title. Every time I was losing a [final] I was on my way to Benneteau… This is a big achievement for me. I am not pretending to be Top 10 or anything. Winning a title on the ATP Tour level is already something amazing for me and I cannot be more thankful to all the people who helped me get to this title.”

Mannarino improves to 3-1 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Thompson, with each of his three wins over the Aussie coming on grass courts. The Frenchman, who saved six of seven break points in the championship match, also defeated Thompson on the surface at this event in 2017 and at the Hall of Fame Open last year.

The World No. 44 defeated three seeded opponents in five matches at the ATP 250 event this week. Mannarino overcame fourth seed Fernando Verdasco and fifth seed David Goffin, before his final-set tie-break win against Coric in the semi-finals.

“During my matches with Verdasco and Goffin, I was enjoying the moment because I was feeling good on court,” said Mannarino. “I was down in the score but I was really having a good time on court and this is probably why I didn’t get nervous when I had to close the matches.”

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After breaking to love in the opening game of the match, Mannarino surrendered his break advantage at 3-2 as Thompson began to win the battle of the forehands. The Aussie stepped into the court with power to earn break point, before Mannarino gifted the break back after firing a forehand into the tramline.

A tie-break was needed to separate the two men bidding for their first ATP Tour title and it was Mannarino who found his best level in the crucial moments. Facing two set points at 4/6, Mannarino served with power and capitalised on multiple forehand errors, before eventually clinching the set with a pinpoint backhand passing shot on the run.

Mannarino increased his advantage early in the second set with patience from the baseline, as Thompson misfired on his forehand side to take a 3-1 lead. The Frenchman then charged to victory, holding to love at 5-3 to clinch the title as Thompson fired a backhand return beyond the baseline.

Before arriving in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Thompson had never reached the semi-finals of an ATP Tour event. As a result of his run to the championship match, the 25-year-old Australian is projected to crack the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday.

“[I am] feeling disappointed to lose in that final, but I am very happy to make my first final,” said Thompson. “It was a great week for me… I really took advantage of playing well on the grass. It is disappointing to lose in the final, but a great week nonetheless.”

Mannarino receives 250 ATP Ranking points and collects €109,590 for claiming his first ATP Tour trophy. Thompson gains 150 ATP Ranking points and receives €59,255.

“This is a place that I never really played well in the past. I have been playing this tournament many times… and I was not expecting anything from this week,” said Mannarino. “I hadn’t been playing really well on clay, I was injured too. I came here and [thought], ‘Okay, let’s try to get ready for the next tournament, at least’ and things went really well.”

Mannarino, Thompson Book ‘s-Hertogenbosch Final Spots

There will be a first-time ATP Tour titlist at the Libema Open this year.

After rain suspended play at crucial stages in both semi-finals on Saturday night, Adrian Mannarino and Jordan Thompson made quick starts to play on Sunday morning to book their places in the championship match. Leading 4-6, 6-3, 6-6(3/2) overnight, Mannarino claimed four of six points against second seed Borna Coric on Sunday to complete a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory.

Mannarino has defeated three seeded players in succession to reach the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The 30-year-old Frenchman overcame fourth seed Fernando Verdasco in the second round and fifth seed David Goffin in the quarter-finals, before ending Coric’s run in the last four. Mannarino will be aiming to capture his first trophy when he meets Thompson in his seventh ATP Tour championship match (0-6).

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Thompson needed just three points to complete his semi-final against defending champion Richard Gasquet. The 25-year-old Australian was serving at 7-5, 5-3(30/40) when rain fell on Saturday, but did not drop a point after resuming play on Sunday to reach his maiden tour-level final. The World No. 62, who improves to 19-11 this season, is projected to crack the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday. Thompson was just 1-11 at tour-level last year.

Mannarino enters the final with a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Thompson, which includes two victories on grass. Two years ago, the World No. 44 defeated Thompson 6-4, 6-1 in the first round at this event.

Did You Know?
There have been eight first-time champions on the ATP Tour this season. Either Mannarino or Thompson will add their name to that list by lifting the Libema Open trophy. Felix Auger-Aliassime can also join that group by defeating Matteo Berrettini in the MercedesCup final in Stuttgart.

Mannarino, Thompson Book ‘s-Hertogenbosch Final Spots

There will be a first-time ATP Tour titlist at the Libema Open this year.

After rain suspended play at crucial stages in both semi-finals on Saturday night, Adrian Mannarino and Jordan Thompson made quick starts to play on Sunday morning to book their places in the championship match. Leading 4-6, 6-3, 6-6(3/2) overnight, Mannarino claimed four of six points against second seed Borna Coric on Sunday to complete a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory.

Mannarino has defeated three seeded players in succession to reach the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The 30-year-old Frenchman overcame fourth seed Fernando Verdasco in the second round and fifth seed David Goffin in the quarter-finals, before ending Coric’s run in the last four. Mannarino will be aiming to capture his first trophy when he meets Thompson in his seventh ATP Tour championship match (0-6).

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Thompson needed just three points to complete his semi-final against defending champion Richard Gasquet. The 25-year-old Australian was serving at 7-5, 5-3(30/40) when rain fell on Saturday, but did not drop a point after resuming play on Sunday to reach his maiden tour-level final. The World No. 62, who improves to 19-11 this season, is projected to crack the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday. Thompson was just 1-11 at tour-level last year.

Mannarino enters the final with a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Thompson, which includes two victories on grass. Two years ago, the World No. 44 defeated Thompson 6-4, 6-1 in the first round at this event.

Did You Know?
There have been eight first-time champions on the ATP Tour this season. Either Mannarino or Thompson will add their name to that list by lifting the Libema Open trophy. Felix Auger-Aliassime can also join that group by defeating Matteo Berrettini in the MercedesCup final in Stuttgart.