serves way to
sixth Pro Circuit title at Calabasas
Dennis Novikov serves his way to a sixth
Pro Circuit Title at the USTA Mens Pro Championship. It
was all about the serve Sunday in the final of the USTA Mens
Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.
Former UCLA star and No. 2-seeded Dennis
Novikov did it just it just a little bit better on Sunday to
beat unseeded Francis Tiafoe, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), to capture his
sixth USTA Pro Circuit Futures championship at the USTA $15,000
Pro Circuit Futures event played at the Calabasas Tennis &
Novikovs serve was never broken
and he rocketed 13 aces, double faulted just once and only faced
a break point against him once the entire match. Tiafoe also
served strong with nine aces, two doubles faults, and never lost
his serve while saving two break points.
It was a little bit warm out here
so the conditions really suit serving, said Novikov, who
will break into the ATP World Top 200 when the rankings are released
on Monday. It was just a battle of serves today. Like Sampras
. (Ivo) Karlovic or (Mark) Philippoussis.
Novikov will get his name placed on a
banner just like former champs Karlovic and Philippoussis, and
has a goal to be in the top 100 by the end of the year.
Novikov led 5-4 in the first-set tiebreaker
but was able to get two mini-break points against Tiafoes
serve to close out the set, 7-4. The second set was much of the
same story with Tiafoe unable to get close to breaking Novikov,
but serving well enough to extend to another tiebreaker.
That was tough, said the 17-year-old
Tiafoe, who has not turned pro yet. I stayed cool and kept
holding and I was serving great. I was returning OK but wasnt
able to get the break.
Novikov made $2,160 prize money and gained
27 valuable ATP World ranking points while Tiafoe earned $1,272
for the week and 12 ranking points. So far its been
a good year for me, Tiafoe said. I took the fall
off and in January I played better than I thought I would.
Added Novikov: I like warmer conditions
and played well at Indian Wells qualifying there a few weeks
In the doubles final on Saturday night,
Fabian Matthews and Hunter Nicholas beat Adrian Forberg Skogeng
and Wil Spencer, 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.
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Sundays Final Singles Scores
Dennis Novikov, U.S., (2) def. Francis
Tiafoe, U.S., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6)
Saturdays Final Doubles Score
Fabian Matthews, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas,
U.S., def. Adrian Forberg Skogeng, Norway / Wil Spencer, U.S.,
6-1, 2-6, 10-6
Past Calabasas finalists:
Year Singles Winner Singles Runner-up
2015: Dennis Novikov (US) def. Francis
2014: Marcos Giron (US) def. Jason Jung
2013: Sanam Singh (IND) def. Bradley Klahn
2012: Tennys Sandgren (USA) def. Daniel
2010: Marinko Matosevic (AUS) def. Ryan
2009: Donald Young (US) def. Michael Russell
2008: Vince Spadea (US) def. Sam Warburg
2007: Robert Kendrick (US) def. Donald
2006: Mark Philippoussis (AUS) def. Amer
2005: Brian Vahaly (US) def. Denis Gremelmayr
2004: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) def. Alex Bogomolov
2003: Jerome Golmard (FRA) def. Lars Burgsmuller
2002: Michael Chang (US) def. Cecil Mamiit
2001: Andre Sa (BRA) def. Michael Russell