Beck stays fresh, tops Sanguinetti
Slovak easily wins final in Sunrise
By Ed Gray
Posted March 21 2005
SUNRISE · Karol Beck admitted he felt tired before Sunday afternoon's Pro Tennis World Open's championship match, so he could just imagine how his opponent felt.
Just in case the well-traveled 32-year-old legs of Davide Sanguinetti still had some spring in them after fighting off a pair of seeded-players to reach the final of the ATP Challenger, the 23-year-old Beck developed a strategy to tire them out.
"I was quite tired, so I wanted to play much to his forehand," said Beck, the No. 3 seed in the $100,000 tune-up for this week's Nasdaq-100 at Key Biscayne. "But I also played good backhand to make him run.
"I played good, [hitting] the forehand and backhand at the right time. It was a good match for me. I didn't give him many chances. I'm happy I finished it like I did."
Beck proved to be the fresher and extremely more effective player at the Sunrise Tennis Center, dashing the title hopes of the resurgent Sanguinetti 6-2, 6-2.
"I was thinking it was going to be much tougher because I saw him play a few matches, but I played very good today," Beck said. "I didn't give him many chances to turn the match."
Sanguinetti, who reached the final by defeating Christophe Rochus in Saturday's semifinal round after eliminating No. 1 seed Dominik Hrbaty and No. 7 Alberto Martin on Friday, was never in the match after losing his second serve in the first set.
Beck peppered the court to keep the veteran winner of two ATP Tour titles on the run, which resulted a rash of unforced errors and erratic returns.
"I was very determined before the match," said the victorious Beck, a native of Slovakia. "I knew this was the last match and I put everything into the final."
After rolling to a 6-2 first-set victory, Beck broke Sanguinetti's first two serves in the second set to go up 4-0 before prevailing again 6-2.
"He just played better than me today, no other comment," said a disappointed Sanguinetti, who earned $8,480 for his second-place finish. "He played everything better than me."
Beck was award winner's trophy, a check for $14,400 and the Key to the City of Sunrise.
He is hoping for another benefit of his dominant victory.
"I hope I'm going to get [a] first-time Top 40 [ranking]," said Beck, who entered the tournament ranked 42nd. "I feel confident after this tournament, I'm going to take one day rest and begin preparation.
"It was good preparation for the Nasdaq."
Sanguinetti and Beck had met each other only once prior, that being the last year's Round of 32 at Bratislava.
Beck prevailed in three sets by winning tie-breakers in the final two sets.
Rick Leach and Travis Parrott were awarded the doubles title when Mark Phlippoussis, who had teamed with Jan-Michael Gambill, was forced to withdraw before the match with a muscle pull.