Youzhny & Monaco end long droughts with wins in Zagreb and Vina del Mar.


Third seed Mikhail Youzhny ended his 16-month ATP title drought with a straight-sets victory over unseeded Slovakian Lukas Lacko in the PBZ Zagreb Indoors final. The Russian was always in control against world number 97 Lacko, who was competing in his first Tour final. Youzhny did not face a break point throughout, won 75 per cent of points on his serve and broke his opponent’s serve three times en route to a 6-2 6-3 triumph. The victory marked the world number 39’s first tournament win since he prevailed in Kuala Lumpur in 2010.

Top seed Juan Monaco won his first title in five years with victory at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar. The Argentinian beat his less experienced compatriot Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-7 (1) 6-1 to finally get his hands on a trophy after seven finals appearances since his last win. “I’m very happy to be champion again,” he told the ATP’s official website. “I lost the last seven finals, so this is a very special moment for me. “I’m very happy because I fought a lot, I practised a lot and I was thinking a lot about winning a tournament again. It gives me confidence and motivation.”


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