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Amazing Comeback: Pico Becomes Finalist at Gstaad; Ricardas Wins in Astana

Date
28 July 2014

Pico is back! At the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on July 27th in Switzerland, Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98) took to Roy Emerson Arena’s clay courts and boasted fine performance throughout the tournament. The semifinal match saw Pico up against last year’s finalist and No. 7 seed Robin Haase. Pico made fine recoveries from deficits in both sets, coming out on top with a final score of 6-3, 7-6(4). Running at one hour and 45 minutes, Pico converted four break points, while saving three.

The final saw the Argentine against friend Pablo Andujar. Pico put up a good fight against the Spaniard—especially in the final set—but couldn’t manage to snag the title. The final score was 3-6, 5-7. The two participated in the doubles competition together, making it to the semifinals.

Pico was very pleased with his performance at this tournament, and had this to say to us, "I'm really happy with the way I'm playing now. I wasn't in good shape for months due to a couple of injuries at the end of last year, but now I feel confident, and I got my rhythm back again. I played some good matches at this tournament in Gstaad, unfortunately, I couldn't win the final, but it was still a great tournament. The VCORE Xi fits perfectly with my game. It gives me more control on the ball and I'm happy to play with it. It's an unbelievable racquet. In Kitzbuhel, I hope I can maintain this high level of tennis and try my best to win the tournament there."

Pico is very strong on clay courts, boasting 209 of 295 career wins and has captured seven of his eight titles on the surface.

Ricardas Wins in Astana

Ricardas Berankis (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR SPIN, SHT-PRO) had a good week as well, grabbing a win at the President’s Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan on July 27th. He went up against Turkish Marsel Ilhan, winning the match at 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. With this victory, Ricardas received his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title.

Tournament Results

Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad

Men’s Singles [Final]

Pablo Andujar (ESP) def. Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98)(ARG)  6-3 7-5

President’s Cup

Men’s Singles [Final]

Ricardas Berankis (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR SPIN, SHT-PRO)(LTU) def. Marsel Ilhan (TUR)  7-5 5-7 6-3

 

*Photo of Ricardas taken at the 2013 US Open