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Rosol Turns Grief To Glory For First Title

Bucharest, Romania

Rosol© Raed KrishanLukas Rosol dedicated his first ATP title to his late father.

In 2012, Lukas Rosol made a name for himself by stunning Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon. Now, the Czech can add the tag of ATP World Tour title holder to his name.

Rosol completed an emotional run at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest Sunday, brushing aside Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Rosol converted four of his nine break points in the 67-minute victory to triumph on his tour-level final debut. During the ceremony, Rosol dedicated the title to his father, who passed away 10 days ago.

“I wanted to dedicate this trophy to someone, so I found the energy,” said Rosol. “ I felt somebody was helping me from up top. It’s not just about me. My family has always supported me and my tennis. I felt match after match, my dream was coming true.

“It could not be better this week. I came here from a full two weeks of practice. I didn't know what to expect of myself. So I’m pretty satisfied with this result… I will remember this week. It was very emotional for me and is something special. I found a way to beat some good players and succeed.”

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The Czech became the third first-time winner this season, joining Bernard Tomic (Sydney) and Horacio Zeballos (Vina del Mar). During his run to the trophy, Rosol eliminated three seeds, including No. 2 seed and three-time champion Gilles Simon in the semi-finals, and dropped just one set to third seed Andreas Seppi in the second round. Rosol is projected to rise to around a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 36 on Monday.

Garcia-Lopez was appearing in his first final since October 2010, when he captured the crown at the Thailand Open in Bangkok (d. Nieminen). The 29 year old also beat three seeded opponents en route to the title match, which included his ninth Top 10 win over top seed Janko Tipsarevic.

“Today, I couldn't play my game,” said Garcia-Lopez. “I didn't have enough power anymore. At the end, he was playing better than me.”

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