As the rain fell outside the players lounge Sunday afternoon and the hardcourt continued to be drenched, Alexandr Dolgopolov relaxed and enjoyed a pasta dish.
He said he did practically nothing during the 2-hour, 32-minute rain delay of the Citi Open men’s final in Washington.
And perhaps that was the key.
He emerged from the delay to outclass Tommy Haas and claim the tournament title with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Haas, who at 34 is 11 years older than Dolgopolov, said he wasn’t able to get going again after the delay.
“But, that’s part of the game, that’s part of life and you try to make the best of it,” said Haas. “That’s really no excuse, because my opponent has to deal with the same thing.”
Just like Dolgopolov’s four other opponents this week, Haas was eventually worn down by Dolgopolov’s quick style. Haas said he was prepared for it, but said when Dolgopolov is tough when he’s on his game. That quick style, which can often be seen as risky draws from Dolgopolov’s personality. He said he enjoys taking chances off the court, such as racing cars at over 200 mph.
“I don’t think about the percentages,” said Dolgopolov. “I like to do it my way.”
This is Dolgopolov’s first title since last July, which he said he didn’t think much about. Instead he kept a simple mindset and approached each match the same.
In the afternoon, Treat Huey paired with his former University of Virginia teammate Dominic Inglot to capture their first career ATP title as they won the doubles tournament with a 7-6, 6-7, 10-5 win over Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson. Huey, 26, spent this summer with the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun