MM or not it's a title won with focused play for a week. This should be great for his confidence. And now he's won a title on every surface - "Mr. Versatile" as the ATP site said.
Don't want to sound like some of the more pessimistic fans here but there were 2 "disappointing" reports about that match - did I read that he lost his serve at the opening of the 2nd set? and a double fault on match point? -- Just being picky -- obviously he did recover from those laspes and HAD A GREAT WEEK but those are the things that he can't let happen when he plays the "Big Boys". (and If I was dreaming about reading these lapses - then my apologies to Richie.)
NOW on to Tokyo for another title!!!
You've read it absolutely correctly. Yes, as I said at the very start of the 2nd set Richie broke Oli again but then Oli managed to broke right back to even the score 1-1, as I said it was just a minor blip after winning the first set and it can happen, it was the only time he lost his serve today, and yes, he made a DF on the MP but then finished it with a good serve, Oli managed to return but Richie hit an ecellent fh inside out winner I think.
Yes it might be not enough vs the 'Big Boys' but he should have his confidence back and I'm so happy, no need to pick on him on such a wonderful day.
Both played some enjoyable tennis, it's not like Oli bended over for him or anything.