Tsonga Tops Berdych in Marseille, Ferrer Wins 20th Title in Buenos Aires, Nishikori wins First 500 in Memphis
Jo Wilfried-Tsonga won his 2nd open 13 title with a 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory over Tomas Berdych, in which he saved 1 match point in the 2nd set. Tsonga makes it 2 for 2 in terms of Frenchmen winning French tournaments this year and got his 2nd career win over Berdych. His other victories also came in 2 sets over Nikolay Davydenko, 3 desperate sets over Bernard Tomic in the quarters, and 2 sets over Gilles Simon in the semis. Simon knocked off Del Potro to make the semis.
Berdych, meanwhile, beat Ernest Gulbis and Jerzy Janowicz in 3 sets, then dominated Dmitry Tursunov, a qualifier who was once a notable player but had been a serious slump for over a year, and came out of nowhere to make the semis. Tursunov beat Janko Tipsarevic and also Gilles Muller in rounds 2 and 3, with Muller having knocked off Richard Gasquet for one of his best marquee wins in a while.
Colin Fleming continued to play inspiring tennis on the doubles side, teaming up with Rohan Boppana to win over Aisam Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer.
ATP Buenos Aires
David Ferrer won ATP title number 20 of his career and his 2nd title this year in Buenos Aires beating Stan Wawrinka 6-4 3-6 6-1, in a match of traded breaks and a blowout 3rd set. Wawrinka broke to take the 2nd and broke early in the 3rd before suffering an utter collapse and allowing Ferrer to cruise through.
Ferrer beat Agustin Velotti, David Nalbandian, Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo and dropped just a single set prior to the final.
Wawrinka continued a good start to the year beating Paolo Lorenzi, Dani Gimeno Traver, Albert Ramos and Nico Almagro.
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Nick Monroe and Simon Stadler to take the doubles title.
Kei Nishikori didn’t drop a set in Memphis all week as he strummed Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-3 for his 3rd career ATP title and his first 500 series title. Nishikori will be close to jumping back into the top 15 after the victory and showed quality movement, serving, returning, and ball striking all week.
The Bryans took another doubles title, this time over Blake/Sock.