Granollers Wins on the Clay of Kitzbuhel

August 3, 2013 12:48 PM
Marcel Granollers won his fourth ATP title at Kitzbuhel
Winston-Salem Open player Marcel Granollers shrugged off a slow start to capture the fourth ATP singles title of his career on the red clay at Kitzbuhel, Austria today.

Granollers took down Juan Monaco, who will also be competing at the Winston-Salem Open, 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to become only the second player in history to win an ATP final after losing a 6-0 first set, according to the ATP.

"I definitely didn’t start well, but he played unbelievable, very solid with almost no mistakes," Granollers told reporters in Kitzbuhel.

"But until you lose the last point, you are still standing and I kept on going. I got probably more nervous than usual when I had to close the match at 5-3 in the third, but it’s normal to get that way in a final. I played very well after that and I did it. I came into this week playing well, so I knew I could do something here."

Granollers should jump back into the Top 40 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday thanks to his win. He has reached as high as No. 19 in his career, and is also a Top 5 ranked doubles player.

The Spaniard will be returning to the Winston-Salem Open for the second year in a row. He fell to top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals last year.

Players committed to playing in the 2013 ATP World Tour have won 11 ATP singles titles this year, with John Isner and Tommy Robredo leading the way with two titles apiece.

The WSO trophy count could still increase this weekend at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. as John Isner and Dmitry Tursunov – both headed to the WSO next month –  face off in one semifinal today and WSO commit Tommy Haas takes on Juan Martin Del Potro in the other semi.