Nadal, Barcelone 2017

Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the men’s side, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kristina Mladenovic on the women’s side have dominated the clay court season; while world number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber appeared in big trouble. Here’s our recap of who won what.

Men

Marrakech: Borna Coric

Runner-up in Marrakech last year, Borna Coric came back from the brink, saved 5 match points to overcome Philip Kohlschreiber and capture his maiden ATP title.

Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal

Rafa‘s reign in Monte Carlo continues: he defeated fellow Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas, who stunned Andy Murray en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. With that victory, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a tournament, and the first to win 50 clay-court titless, surpassing Guillermo Vilas (49).


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Pablo Carreno Busta, winner of the Estoril Open 2017

Finalist last year, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Gilles Muller in straight sets 6-2 7-6 to win his third career title.

“It’s my first title on clay, so I’m really happy,” said Carreno Busta. “It wasn’t an easy match today because of his serve and also the volley, but I was confident with my serve. He served better in the second set, but I played better in the tie-break.”

The number one seed didn’t drop a set all week and had convincing wins over Tommy Robredo, defending champion Nicolas Almagro, and David Ferrer. With this victory, Pablo makes his return to the top 20, climbing three positions to number 18 in the world.

Gilles Muller who captured his first ATP title earlier this year in Sydney, was also pleased with his performance:

“My performance was fine in the second set, but I had a really tough time getting into the match in the first set. He was putting pressure on me and not missing many balls,” said Muller. “I think I could have played better, but he was just too good.”

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!
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Estoril Open 2017: Harrison and Venus win doubles title

Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus captured their first title as a team, beating David Marrero and Tommy Robredo in the final of the Estoril Open.

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!

A good day for the former big American hope who celebrated his birthday on court:

Estoril Open, 07.05.2017 - The Finals!
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Pablo Carreno Busta, Estoril 2017

Semifinalist in 2015, finalist last year, Pablo Carreno Busta stormed into the final with a 6-3 6-3 win over former Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer.
He will next play Gilles Muller, who defeated Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-4 to reach his first ATP clay-court final.

Estoril Open semifinal: Muller defeats Anderson 7-5 6-4

Estoril Open, 06.05.2017 - the Semi-Finals!

Estoril Open, 06.05.2017 - the Semi-Finals!
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Nicolas Almagro, Estoril Open 2016

Former top 10 Nicolas Almagro defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in an all Spanish final in Estoril. It’s his first trophy since his victory in Nice in 2012. The match was indecise till the very last games: Almagro lost the first set on tiebreak, then served several times for the second set and finally went on winning 6-7 7-6 6-3.

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Estoril Open, 01.05.2016
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