Melzer wins in Memphis
February 27, 2012
Greenville, SC — Dunlop Tour Team player Jurgen Melzer overcame three seeds and a broken toe en route to his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Memphis yesterday. The Austrian took out Canadian Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the final.
“Who would have thought I would come here, break my toe and end up winning the tournament?” Melzer said afterward.
The toe obviously didn’t slow him down too much; the veteran used his 300 Tour to perfection in negating the big serves of Isner and Raonic, and handling the crafty games of Stepanek and Dodig. This marks Melzer’s fourth ATP World Tour singles title. He’s also won two Grand Slam men’s doubles titles (Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) a Masters Cup doubles title, and a Grand Slam Mixed Doubles title.
The Dunlop Tour Team also had a winner and finalist this weekend in Buenos Aires. Just one week after winning the title in Brazil, Nicolas Almagro used his Biomimetic 500 Tour to play another great tournament, reaching the singles final against compatriot David Ferrer. Nico lost this time, but carries some great momentum into the Mexican Open, where he reached the final last year. Fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco was able to win in the Buenos Aires doubles final alongside partner David Marrero. Verdasco plays the Biomimetic 300.
“Over the past few years our Tour Team has really picked up some momentum at this time of year. Normally it’s in the South American tournaments, so it’s great to see Jurgen win in Memphis as well,” commented Kai Nitsche, Dunlop V.P. of Racket Sports. “We hope all our players can keep it up as they hit the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami next month.”