BET-AT-HOME OPEN - GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Delbonis Eyes First Career Title; Fognini Seeks Second in Eight Days
by Greg Sharko|
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Argentinian qualifier Federico Delbonis eyes his first career ATP World Tour title, while the Italian No. 2 Fabio Fognini is looking for his second title in eight days in the final at the bet-at-home Open-German Tennis Championships on Sunday.
This is the first meeting between Delbonis and Fognini on the ATP World Tour. They did face each other in qualifying at the 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid, where Delbonis came out on top in three sets. Fognini has not dropped a set all week, while Delbonis has gone the distance twice, including saving two match points to knock off No. 14 seed Fernando Verdasco 67(5) 76(8) 64 in three hours and 15 minutes in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The 22-year-old Delbonis is playing in his first career ATP World Tour final. Besides being the sixth Argentinian to reach the final here, three have won. He is the third qualifier to reach a final this year (Gulbis won Delray Beach, Mahut won ‘s-Hertogenbosch). If he wins he will become the seventh first time winner on the ATP World Tour this year. The left-hander comes in with an 18-18 career match record (18-15 on clay) on the ATP World Tour. He is trying to become the first qualifier to win the title here since Spaniard Albert Portas (d. Ferrero in five sets) in 2001.
The 26-year-old Fognini is playing in his fourth career ATP World Tour final (1-2). Last Sunday he captured his first career ATP World Tour title in Stuttgart and became the sixth first- time winner on tour this year. He is the second Italian to reach the final at Hamburg after Adriano Panatta was runner-up in 1972 (l. to Orantes). The Italian has a career clay-court record of 96-79 (24-9 in 2013).
FINALS HISTORY –
Delbonis: Appearing in his first career ATP World Tour final
Fognini: Appearing in his 4th career ATP World Tour final…1-2 in finals (1-1 on clay)
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner: € 251,200 and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: € 114,510 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points
DOUBLES FINAL – FRYSTENBERG-MATKOWSKI FACE PEYA-SOARES FOR TITLE
The unseeded pairing of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland square off against the No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the doubles final at the bet-at-home Open-German Tennis Championships.
The long-time Polish tandem of Frystenberg and Matkowski are playing in their 36th career ATP World Tour final, 13-22 (0-1 in 2013) record in finals. They come in with a career record of 298-233 (15-12 in 2013). Earlier this year, they reached their third career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles final at Miami (l. to Qureshi-Rojer). They are playing here for the seventh time (6-6 record) and previous best result was second round three times (2006-08).
The 33-year-old left-handed Fyrstenberg recorded his 300th doubles match win on March 25 (w/Matkowski) in 2R at Miami (d. Kubot-Tipsarevic), career doubles record of 311-248. Reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 6 in August of 2012. Wife, Marta (married July 28, 2007 in Warsaw).
The 32-year-old Matkowski captured his 300th doubles match win in the 1R at Roland Garros (w/Fyrstenberg, d. Hajek-Stepanek), career doubles record of 309-252. He went to college at UCLA from 2001-03 before turning pro. Reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 7 in July of 2012. Wife, Katarzyna (married July 14, 2012); daughter, Maja (born December 15, 2011.
The No. 2 seeds Peya and Soares are playing together here for the first time and are playing in their sixth ATP World Tour final of the year (3-2 mark). This year they won titles in Sao Paulo (d. Cermak-Mertinak), Barcelona (d. Lindstedt -Nestor) and Eastbourne (d. Fleming -Marray). They also were finalists at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid and London / Queen’s Club (l. to Bryans both times). The No 2 ATP doubles team have a career mark of 54-17 (35-12 in ‘13) with six career titles (6-3 career in finals).
The 33-year-old Peya has eight career doubles titles (8-10 record in finals) and is currently ranked at a career-high ranking of No. 7. He won the title here in 2011 with Oliver Marach (d. Cermak-Polasek).
The 31-year-old Soares has 14 career doubles titles, 14-11 record in finals. He is currently ranked at No. 8 and he reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 6 on June 10, 2013. He also won at Auckland (w/Fleming, d. Brunstrom-Nielsen) in January.
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: € 78,360 and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: € 35,360 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points