Nikoloz Basilashvili has claimed his second ATP Tour title of the year at the BMW Open in Munich.
Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili has well and truly put a horror bout of form after the COVID break to bed, claiming his second title of the year.
The 29 year old didn't drop a set all week en route to his fifth tour level title, defeating German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6(5) in the final.
"It wasn't easy and I was super-tight at the end, it was very difficult. It's never easy playing Jan, he's a very big fighter and serves really well. I am super happy. It seems like German conditions suit me. This is my fifth title and it will give me confidence for the upcoming tournaments," Basilashvili said following his title.
“It’s a very good boost and to win a lot of matches is very important for the upcoming tournaments,” said Basilashvili. “I was hungry to play well at this tournament.... I'm not looking for a coach right now, but I am travelling with a physio and a fitness coach.”
At the Millennium Estoril Open, Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas lifted his third ATP Tour level title.
The 33 year old defeated the in form Brit Cameron Norrie 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in a nail-biting contest which lasted two hours and 44 minutes.
“It means a lot. I won three tournaments in my career, so this is one of the best three weeks in my career. I am really happy,” Ramos-Vinolas said.
“It was a really difficult match against Cameron. I think he played a really good tournament. I am happy for me, but he is a really good friend of mine and I am sorry for him, because I think he deserved to win the tournament as me."
Ramos-Vinolas comfortably leads the tour with clay-court wins in 2021, claiming his 16th win on the clay overnight. Pablo Carreno Busta, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Federico Delbonis are the next best with nine wins each respectively.
At the Mutua Madrid Open, Australian Alexei Popyrin qualified for the main draw overnight, downing 18 year old Frenchman Arthur Cazaux 7-5, 7-6(0) to book his place in the main draw.
Popyrin will come up against German Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening round, who is coming into the tournament fresh off a final appearance at the BMW Open in Munich.
Fellow Aussie Alex de Minaur was back on the winners list, advancing to the second round of the Masters 1000 event in Madrid. De Minaur managed to claw his way back from a 4-6, 2-4(15-40) deficit, to run over in form Spaniard Jaume Lunar 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Denis Shapovalov, Alexander Bublik and Tommy Paul were the other winners to advance to the second round in Madrid.
Staying in Madrid, on the WTA Tour, world no.2 Naomi Osaka has suffered a shock defeat in the second round of the tournament, going down to world no.20 Karolina Muchova 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 in one hour and 50 minutes.
Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova was also defeated in the second round, dismantled by Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 0-6, 5-7 in just 75 minutes.
12th seed Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw from her match with Jessica Pegula with a lower back injury.
On the ITF World Tennis Tour, 19 year old Australian Olivia Gadecki continued her marvellous form in 2021, claiming her maiden ITF title at the W15 tournament in Antalya, Turkey.
Gadecki improved her singles win loss record on the ITF tour this year to a stellar 16 wins from 20 matches, defeating Russian Julia Avdeeva 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
It's been a tremendous 2021 for the Australian, who has gone from strength to strength, capitalising on her win over Sofia Kenin in Melbourne earlier this year.
Listen to The First Serve, Mondays 8pm AEDT 1116AM SEN Melbourne, 1170AM SEN Sydney & 1629AM SEN SA or listen live and catch up on the SEN App.
Brought to you by 1st Serve Tennis Sunscreen, available at www.sunblessedsunscreens.com.au Order now using the discount code SEN.