MUMBAI, India -- Dmitry Tursunov of Russia won his first ATP
Tour title Monday, defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic
6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in the final of the Mumbai Open that was twice
interrupted by monsoon showers.
The monsoon lashed the city Sunday, forcing the final to be
postponed a day. Rain disrupted the title match for 1½ hours during
the second set and again for 30 minutes with the third set 5-5.
"The first title is always special," said Tursunov, whose
victory lifted him from a No. 22 ranking into the top 20 for the
Tursunov, seeded fourth, was playing in his second final of the
year. Berdych, seeded third and ranked 13th, was going for his
third title. He beat Tursunov in their only previous match a month
ago at the U.S. Open and would have moved into the top 10 for the
first time had he won.
Tursunov had a series of three-set victories during this
tournament, and this time he went to a tiebreaker.
"It was definitely nerve-racking," he said. "I don't want to
make it a habit of taking matches to three sets, especially the
He won four successive three-setters for his first title. Little
more than a week ago in Moscow, he was the surprise choice by
Russia to play Andy Roddick in the Davis Cup semifinals, and won
17-15 in the fifth set to advance Russia to the final.
In the deciding set, Tursunov led 4-2, only to drop his serve in
the eighth game. The rain delayed the match. When play resumed,
Tursunov immediately broke but Berdych evened the score again and
forced the tiebreaker, where Tursunov clinched the title on his
first match point.
"I probably lost about 10 years of my life playing this," the
Russian said. "I think both of us were playing really, really
tight and you know it was really a crap-shoot in the tiebreak."
Berdych said he was extremely tired coming to Mumbai straight
from the Davis Cup last week.
"It was amazing -- waiting one more today, all day raining and
then today we start at 4 o'clock," he said. "Then it was up and
down and then again it started to rain, and they already want to
cancel the match and we go home, and all these things together it
was mentally so tough. And then finally I lost 7-6 in the third, so
it was a nice week but with a bad end."