Andujar defends in Casablanca
Casablanca - Third seed Pablo Andujar defeated seventh-seeded countryman Albert Ramos 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) in a rain-delayed final to successfully defend his Casablanca title at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday.
"I'm very happy, as this is very special to me. I didn't think that I could win here twice in a row,” said Andujar. “It was difficult with the three rain delays.”
According to the ATP Tour website
, Andujar capitalised on all four of his break opportunities, winning 47 percent of his return points to triumph in one hour and 46 minutes. He is yet to drop a set in his three tour-level meetings with Ramos.
“Albert was a bit nervous at the beginning and I played very well during the first set,” Andujar assessed. “The second set could have gone in both directions. It wasn't easy to remain calm in the end.”
The 26-year-old Andujar improved to a 2-3 final record, with all of his title match appearances coming on clay. He is 9-0 in Casablanca, taking 18 of the 20 sets he’s played at the ATP World Tour 250 event.
Ramos was contesting his first ATP World Tour final and dropped to a 14-10 season record.