Martin advanced to ATP final in Umag, makes it to Top 100!

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin was playing in Umag, Croatia after successful tie against Hungary for Slovakian Davis Cup team. In Round 2, he played against Slovakian Martin Klizan and showed fantastic comeback. In quarterfinals, he beat number two seed Sousa, in semifinal Martin eliminated Argentinian Berlocq. On Sunday, he lost in his first ATP singles final to Fabio Fognini from Italy.

Andrej Martin is playing at Croatia Open in Umag, with total prize money reaching 520 070 euros, played on clay. He beat Ukrainian Sergyi Stakhovsky in two sets 7-6(6), 6-4, although he was down 1-4 in the first set. "It was very difficult for me in the beginning of the match, I did not know what to expect from myself. My opponent played hit or miss style, I could not get used to it easily. I won the important game to make it 2-4, it gave me lot of positive energy and hope into the first set. It was much better from me afterwards. I would like to thank all my Slovakian fans, who were fantastic. There were many of them in the stands," said Andrej Martin for www.empire-tennis-academy.com.

EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Andrej Martin played in the Round of 16 on Thursday against Martin Klizan. Andrej Martin was loosing 3-6, 3-5 and he managed to fight back and cancel out five matchpoints of his opponent. Martin won the match in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. "Match was great, Klizo had the upper hand in the beginning, but I took the initiative later on. It was more difficult for Klizo. I was lucky as well as I managed to win important points. He had five matchpoints, but I was very calm and played well. I felt well on the court in the rallies, I was not afraid to play risky bals and win them. It was mentally a boost for me," said Andrej Martin for www.empire-tennis-academy.com. 

In quarterfinal, Andrej Martin had the challenge in person of Portuguese Joao Sousa. Slovakian won the match in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-2! Martin made his first ATP semifinal, where he was playing Argentinian Berlocq. These two have met in 2014 in Umag, in Round 1. Argentinian player won this match in two sets 7-6(4), 6-3. This time Slovakian prevailed as he won in two sets 7-6(4), 6-4! "It was very difficult match for me physically. Sun was shining, humidity is also a problem. Berlocq plays very physical tennis. First set lasted for more than an hour, it was a great batttle. In second set Andrej had ups and downs, but then the sunset helped him to raise his game. He was break down, he stepped up to the occasion and finished the game in style. He played well from his forehand, world class quality. He won lot of points from it. It is a fairytale for us, I hope he can win the final to make it even more exciting," said after the semi-final coach Miroslav Grolmus

In the final he was playing against Fognini. Nevertheless of the result (he lost in two sets), Martin will reach 98th position in the ATP rankings!

Umag, Croatia, ATP 250, 520 070 €, clay:

1R: Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) 7-6, 6-4
2R: Martin KLIZAN (SVK) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
QF: Joao SOUSA (POR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
SF: Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 7-6(4), 6-4
F: Fabio Fognini (ITA) 4-6, 1-6

Photos by: 
Ivan Kopcani, www.empire-tennis-academy.com

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