Klizan wins 43rd ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament14 February 2016
People call Martin Klizan ‘The Comeback Kid’ for a reason and during the final of the 43rd ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament he 26-year old showed why. The left-handed Slovakian defeated Gael Monfils in a three set match of nearly two hours: 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-1.
Klizan made several other narrow escapes in Rotterdam Ahoy this week and that was again the case on Sunday. The number 43 of the Emirates ATP Rankings survived five match points against Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter finals and was able to overcome five in his semi final match with Nicolas Mahut. In the final with Monfils, Klizan again lost the opening set.
“Gael didn’t make any mistakes in the first set,” Klizan said after winning his fourth ATP title. “After that, I started playing more aggressively and in the end one break was enough to win the second set. I was very confident on the court, but just as always, you still have to make that final point.”
Immediately after the final, Klizan’s name appeared on the gallery of champions. “Getting my name up there was a great motivation for me. I cannot wait to come back to Rotterdam next year.”
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