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

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 gave a great performance throughout the tournament. The semifinal match saw Pico up against last year’s finalist and No. 7 seed Robin Haase. Pico made some amazing recoveries from deficits in both sets and came out on top with a final score of 6-3, 7-6(4). Pico converted four break points and saved three in the one-hour and 45-minute long match.

The final saw the Argentine against his 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 and made it to the semifinals.

Pico was very pleased with his performance at this tournament, and said, "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 will 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 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