Win doubles on clay for Nikolaz Basilashvili in Hamburg and Ramos Vinolas in Gstaad
Nikolaz Basilashvili winner in Hamburg Photo Roger Parker Internartional Sports Fotos Ltd
Sunday titleholders at the Hamburg and Gstaad clay events both claimed their trophies after doubling up on ATP success.
Hamburg champion Nikolaz Basilashvili won the northern German honours for the second year in a row while in Gstaad Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat out a rain delay of almost five hours to earn the second title of his career.
Ramos-Vinolas defeated Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3, 6-2 at the Swiss Open while Basilashvili fought through on the back of 26 forehand winners in his 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over Russian Andrey Rublev, semi-final conqueror of Alexander Zverev.
The Swiss victory for Ramos-Vinolas came on a day of dodgy weather which delayed a final which traditionally starts before noon.
The Spaniard defeated a 455th-ranked opponent playing his first final after winning two matches on Saturday.
Ramos-Vinolas established unmistakable control with two service breaks in the opening set and repeated the same in the second on the way to victory during a week when he did not lose a set.
“The conditions were tough today. Albert was rock solid as he was all week. He deserves to win,” Stebe said. “It was an amazing week for me here in Gstaad, I played very good tennis.
“Of course, it wasn’t easy to play two matches yesterday. I gave everything today, but it wasn’t enough. That’s tennis.”
Gstaad has long been a clay playground for Spaniards, with 11 having won the title over the years.
Ramos-Vinolas claimed his first career trophy in Bastad three years ago.
The 28-year-old Stebe came good in the Alps after failing to win a single time at the ATP level since the US open two years ago when he reached the second round.
In Hamburg, Basilashvili backed up his 2018 title here, when he won from a qualifying start; he now owns a 12-match win streak at the Rothenbaum venue.
The Georgian lifted his third career title and second at the 500 level after winning Beijing last autumn with a defeat of Juan Martin del Potro in the final.
He claimed the fist set of back-to-back Hamburg trophies since Roger Federer in 2005.
“It looks like I am playing my best tennis here… Just to see my name next to (successful defenders Federer and Andrei Medvedev) means a lot to me,” Basilashvili said,.
Rublev was playing his first ATP 500 but was unable to turn it into a victory.
“I really like playing on the Centre Court here, I see the ball very well… I played my best tennis here and I will come back next year, for sure,” the winner said.
Rublev remains on one ATP title, from Umag, 2017. “It was a good week for me. For the moment, my best week,” he said.
“It is always disappointing to lose in a final, but Nikoloz was playing really well and he deserves it. To win two years in a row here is amazing. It is really hard. It is really tough mentally and he did it. It is unbelievable.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online