ATP Tour

Monaco wins first title since 2013

2016-04-11 07:17
Juan Monaco (AFP)

Los Angeles - Argentina's  won the ATP clay court title in Houston on Sunday, cementing his return from injury with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over defending champion Jack Sock.

"I didn't expect this so fast," said Monaco, who had surgery on his right wrist in August and was sidelined for six months. "No words to describe this moment."

The former top-10 is projected to rise from his 146th in the world to 90th, and said it was fitting that the first title of his return came in such a dramatic battle.

"Today was a quick movie of my life," said Monaco, 32, claiming his first ATP title since Duesseldorf in 2013 and his second in Houston to go with the one he earned in 2012.

After Sock took the first set, Monaco received treatment on his right arm, and after the injury timeout Sock lost 10 of the next 14 games.

Sock, the fourth seed, received treatment on his right arm and right shoulder, and was visibly limping in the third set - when he still managed to erase two breaks of serve in the decider before Monaco finally finished him off.

"I'm not sure exactly what happened with my body," Sock said. "Last night I didn't feel great, was sweating even in a very air-conditioned room. So maybe coming down with something.

"But it doesn't take away from his battle and his fight today."

Read more on:    houston open  |  juan monaco  |  tennis

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.