TWO favourites earned tournament wins overnight as the Hamburg European Open, Hall of Fame Open and Nordea Open came to a close, with all three finals completed in straight sets.
In Germany, it was Pablo Carreno Busta who claimed his first ATP 500 trophy and sixth overall, as the Spanish second seed downed sixth seed Serbian Filip Krajinovic, 6-2 6-4 in 82 minutes. With an 81 per cent win rate off his first serve, Carreno Busta was relentless as he fired to continue his strong form on clay, having not dropped a set in Hamburg.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Carreno Busta said. “I think that I worked very, very hard to finally win this title. “It’s my first ATP 500 title.”
“I felt very comfortable during the whole week from the first match,” he said. “I think that I played very good and I continued improving during the week. That’s very important and today in the final I probably played the best match of the tournament.”
In Newport, United States, South African Kevin Anderson returned to the winners circle, defeating American hopeful Jenson Brooksby and cutting off the 20-year-old’s exceptional run with a 7-6(8) 6-4 victory. Earning his sixth ATP Tour title did not come easy, with the American fighting until the bitter end in his main draw debut.
“It’s been a pretty tough run with some injuries. But to be back here at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with such history, this couldn’t be a better week for me to start, hopefully, my comeback,” Anderson said during the trophy ceremony. “I’m very motivated to get back. But it all starts with each match, and I was able to really grind it out.”
“It was an incredible week, maybe the best week of my life,” Ruud said. “It is an incredible feeling playing here in Bastad with the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish support. There is nothing like that home crowd feeling.
“To win here means a lot. You get a little extra nervous as the No. 1 seed. Me and my father [former World No. 39 Christian Ruud] have been joking about when I am going to beat him at this and this, and now I think I have beaten him in everything! “The Ruud family can finally bring the trophy home to Norway. “It is a special feeling having him here with me.”
Ruud did not drop a set throughout the tournament, and brought that winning mentality with him to the final with an impressive and consistent service game, and return game to match as he claimed 62 per cent of the overall points.
HAMBURG EUROPEAN OPEN FINAL RESULT:
 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) defeated  Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 6-2 6-4
HALL OF FAME OPEN FINAL RESULT:
 Kevin Anderson (RSA) defeated Jenson Brooksby (USA) 7-6 6-4
NORDEA OPEN FINAL RESULT:
 Casper Ruud (NOR) defeated Federico Coria (ARG) 6-3 6-3
Picture credit: Witters/Hamburg European Open