Tomic Retains Bogota Crown
Bernard Tomic retained his Claro Open Colombia title, battling past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in Sunday's final.
The Aussie extended his record in Bogota to 9-0 and earned the 10th successful title defence on the ATP World Tour this year. He improved to 3-1 in tour-level finals, defeating Ivo Karlovic in a deciding tie-break in last year's title match and triumphing in Sydney 2013 (d. Anderson).
"It's been a very good year," said Tomic. "I started at No. 70 (in the Emirates ATP Rankings) and am now close to No. 20. It's been a good seven months. I'll try to play well the next three months and have the chance to be in the Top 15.
"Every title you remember. I'm very happy to have won my third title and to defend it here was amazing. I'm really happy with myself... This is my most consistent year."
Tomic looked poised to run away with the final on Campo Central, racing out to a 6-1 first set. But it would not take long for Mannarino to turn the tables, claiming five of the next six games in the second set. He secured a second break of serve for 5-1 when a Tomic volley clipped the net and a composed Frenchman ripped a backhand passing shot. The Aussie would break back immediately, but Mannarino eventually captured the set 6-3, forcing a decider.
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Tomic was forced to dig deep, saving three break points in the third game of the third set, before breaking for 4-2 a few games later. The second seed would convert on his third match point after one hour and 33 minutes, firing nine aces and capitalising on five of 10 break chances.
The 22 year old, who takes home $124,325 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points, joins Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov as the lone players born in the 1990s to win three or more ATP World Tour titles. He is the first Australian titlist this year.
Mannarino, 27, was hoping to secure his first ATP World Tour crown after finishing runner-up in his first final on the hard courts of the Heineken Open in Auckland (l. to Vesely). He claims $65,480 in prize money and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts. Earlier on Sunday, countryman Benoit Paire became the sixth first-time titlist this year.
"Bernard was playing really low, so it was tough to be aggressive," said Mannarino. "If you try to hit a huge shot in altitude on a low ball, you cannot do it. I needed to have the right ball and I felt I didn't have it. It's never easy to play fast with these conditions. You have to control the ball. I didn't find this balance in the right moments.
"We always have regrets. Tennis is such a complicated sport. You have a thousand decisions during the match. At the really important points today I didn't make the right decisions. I'm going to try to do better next time."