UAE No.1 Omar Behrouzian wins Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup's Men's Open title

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Very good effort: Winners and runners-up

Omar Behrouzian showed why he’s UAE No.1 by winning the Men’s Open category of the Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup.

Behrouzian took on Simon Roberts, a former top-700 ATP player at Zayed Sports City and with plenty at stake, both participants were on top of their game.

In a well-contested encounter, Behrouzian edged out his opponent to win 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

Speaking after his match, Behrouzian said: “It’s probably my last tournament of the season until the summer, so I really wanted to do well and I was able to win. It was a tough fight though. Some really good players played the tournament, I think in all categories, especially the men’s. It was a nice final and I am looking forward to playing again next year.”

He added: “I always like, to be honest, a ZSC tournament, I’ve always done well it in. I just like the facilities there and the court and the organisation and everything is done really well.”

The annual Abu Dhabi Tennis Cup and powered by Under Armour, which ran for 22 days, attracted more than 250 players with titles up for grabs in 19 categories.

Further supported by Wilson, the largest participation-based tournament in the region, this event is a true celebration of tennis which includes players of all ages and abilities giving their best efforts in pursuit of the trophy.

Whittling the field down over three weeks, the last day of matches guaranteed that the best players remained on the court to give a fantastic display to the fans. Led by the school circuit tournament for children under the age 10 in the morning, the afternoon ushered finals across seven boys and girls categories for aspiring junior players.

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The Lleyton Hewitt-led Australians took a 2-1 lead over Belgium.

Australia edged closer to a first Davis Cup final in 14 years on Saturday when Jordan Thompson and John Peers swept past Arthur De Greef and Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 for a 2-1 lead in their semi-final against Belgium.

Australia, the 28-time champions, look likely to face nine-time winners France who are 2-1 up on Serbia thanks to Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert clinching a 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic.

Lleyton Hewitt’s Australia last won the Davis Cup in 2003 when they beat Spain in the final.

“We had a job to do today and we came out and did it from start to finish. Playing with Thommo and in front of this crowd and perform the way we did is just incredible,” said Peers after Saturday’s win in Brussels.

Nick Kyrgios can wrap up the tie for Australia on Sunday when he takes on fellow national number one David Goffin in the first of the reverse singles.

Kyrgios defeated Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 on Friday, while Goffin saw off John Millman 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

Thompson and Peers beat their Belgian opponents in straight-sets.

Thompson and Peers beat their Belgian opponents in straight sets.

In Lille, Mahut and Herbert needed less than two hours to see off Serbia’s 41-year-old playing captain Zimonjic and Krajinovic.

That Yannick Noah’s hosts have yet to book their place in the final is down to Dusan Lajovic’s shock 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) win in Friday’s opening rubber against Lucas Pouille, although Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had levelled the tie by beating debutant Laslo Djere 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3.

Mahut and Herbert, the 2015 US Open and 2016 Wimbledon champions, came back from 2-5 down in the third set to wrap up the win.

France are bidding for a first Davis Cup title since 2001, having lost three finals since with the most recent a defeat by Roger Federer’s Switzerland in 2014.

“Nico and Pierre-Hugues had a mini-test at the end. It was probably too easy and they wanted to give me an ulcer. But they did very well. They had a good match,” said Noah.

Mahut and Herbert put France 2-1 up against Serbia.

Mahut and Herbert put France 2-1 up against Serbia.

In the play-offs, where the winning teams will compete in the World Group in 2018, Japan’s tie with Brazil in Osaka was overshadowed by a racism row.

Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar was fined $1,500 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for making what appeared to be a slit-eyed gesture.

The 24-year-old journeyman issued an apology but denied any racist intent following the incident during his defeat by Yuichi Sugita on Friday.

After successfully challenging a line call in the third-set tiebreak, an exasperated Clezar stretched his eyes in an apparent criticism of the line judge who made the call.

Saturday’s action was rained off with Japan 2-0 ahead after Friday’s opening singles.

In Astana, Kazakhstan are 2-1 up on 2016 champions Argentina while 2014 winners Switzerland trail Belarus 2-1 in Biel.

Max Mirnyi, 40, celebrated his 55th tie for Belarus over a 24-year career by teaming with Andrei Vasilevski in a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) win over Adrian Bodmer and Luca Margaroli.

The Czech Republic lead the Netherlands 2-1 while Hungary have a similar advantage over Russia.

The other World Group ties — Colombia v Croatia, Portugal against Germany and Canada at home to India — are all level at 1-1 ahead of Saturday’s doubles.

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