Ramos-Vinolas Relentless To Win Second Title In Gstaad
Too steady. Too persistent. Too experienced.
Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas was all of the above on Sunday against Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe to win his second ATP Tour title 6-3, 6-2 at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad.
The 2017 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters finalist tracked down everything and was more than happy to stay in rallies with Stebe, who was playing in his first ATP Tour final after winning two matches on Saturday because of earlier rain.
“I feel great. After a long time waiting for this moment again, I'm really happy. I think I did a great match today, also a great tournament. So I think my game was perfect... and I will never forget Gstaad,” said Ramos-Vinolas, who won his first ATP Tour title at 2016 Bastad.
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The two had to wait about four and a half hours to take the court for the final because of more rain, and Stebe broke to start. The German, No. 455 in the ATP Rankings, was looking to become the second lowest-ranked tour-level titlist.
But Ramos-Vinolas quickly settled down, breaking twice in the opener, including for 4-2 when Stebe sailed a forehand wide to finish an 11-point game.
The 31-year-old Spaniard broke twice more in the second set, including in the opening game when he tracked down a drop shot and delivered a backhand winner on the slide. Ramos-Vinolas didn't drop a set all tournament.
“The conditions were tough today. Albert was rock solid as he was all week. He deserves to win,” Stebe said. “It was an amazing week for me here in Gstaad, I played very good tennis. Of course, it wasn’t easy to play two matches yesterday. I gave everything today, but it wasn’t enough. That’s tennis.”
Stebe, who used a protected ranking to enter the tournament, will receive 150 ATP Rankings points and €48,870 in prize money. Ramos-Vinolas, who reached a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 17 in May 2017, improved to 2-6 in ATP Tour finals and will receive 250 ATP Rankings points and €90,390 in prize money.