Damir Dzumhur has continued his recent purple patch by winning the Kremlin Cup following a 6-2 1-6 6-4 victory over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.Embed from Getty Images
The Bosnian started the match with intent and took the first set in just 32 minutes, taking two break points and saving two on his own serve. Berankis, who was making his first appearance in an ATP final since 2012 and searching for his maiden title, came back in the second set, instantly breaking Dzumhur’s serve to love in the opening game and cruised to take the set 6-1.
The final set saw both players control their service game, with no deuces until the eighth game, where Dzumhur recovered from 0-40 to hold. At 4-4, Dzumhur finally put pressure on the Lithuanian’s serve and converted his first break point since the opening set to serve for the match. Even while serving at 5-4, Dzumhur still faced three break points but saved them all to take the title.
Dzumhur, who became the first Bosnian tennis player to win an ATP title in September, has now reached three finals in the last three months and won’t be wanting the season to end. Victory in Moscow means the Bosnian will reach a new career high when the new rankings are announced on Monday and looks set to be ranked at the Australian Open.
Berankis will see this as a missed opportunity, having seen 18 of his 21 break point chances saved by the Bosnian. However, after a difficult season which has seen the Lithuanian fall out of the top 150, Berankis must take spirit from this week and move onwards. The 27 year old will climb to 125 in the rankings and his performance in Russia has earned him a direct entrance to the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, where he will face… Damir Dzumhur.
In the women’s final yesterday, Julia Goerges defeated home favourite Daria Kasatkina 6-1 6-2 to become the new German number one and climb back inside the top 20. The German was in fine form all week and, after overcoming an inspired Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the semi finals in three fantastic sets, was able to see of Kasatkina in 1 hour 6 minutes. Winning 90% of her first serves, Goerges hit four aces and saved all three of the break points she faced to pick up her third WTA title.