01 Mar 2010

Arnau Brugues-Davi - February 2010


Arnau Brugues with Victor Estrella in Brownsville, TX, USA

February 2010


During the month prior to his 25th birthday, Spaniard Arnau Brugues-Davi took part in the singles and doubles events at three tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit and is the featured player for February.

The first tournament for Brugues-Davi this month took place in the Mexican capital of Mexico City, also the nation’s largest city, where he was named as the No. 4 seed.  Brugues-Davi got off to a flying start winning his opening two rounds in straight sets against opposition who had come through the qualifying event before things got a little tougher in the Quarterfinal.  Seventh seed Bruno Rodriguez, from Mexico, was his opponent in the Quarterfinal and he took the first set off Brugues-Davi 75.  Following this set back, Brugues-Davi composed himself and went on to win the match 57 62 63 to reach the Semi Final and a match against the conqueror of the No. 1 seed.  That player was Mexico’s Victor Romero who, as an unseeded player, knocked-out the top seed 61 64 in his Quarterfinal match and he looked to be on his way to claiming the scalp of another seeded player when he won the first set of the Semi Final 64.  With Brugues-Davi a set down for the second match in succession, he drew on his experience of the previous round and once again mounted a comeback, claiming victory 46 62 64 and ensuring he didn’t follow the No. 1 seed out of the competition.  Into his first Mexican Futures Final since his only other appearance back in September 2009 when he took the Mexican Futures title in Leon, Brugues-Davi found himself up against the No. 5 seed from Mexico, Miguel Gallardo-Valles, a player he defeated in the Semi Final en route to that title in Leon.  Not wanting to go behind for the third match running, Brugues-Davi wasted little time in securing the opening set, dropping just two games to take the lead.  This gave him the momentum to push on to win his fifth singles title from eight career Finals on the ITF Pro Circuit, taking the second set off the Mexican Davis Cup player 64.

In the doubles event, he was seeded three with partner Andre Begemann from Germany.  Together they were knocked out, by the eventual champions, in the opening round in a match tie break in the deciding third set.

Following this victory in the singles Final in Mexico, Brugues-Davi crossed the border into Texas, USA for his next two tournaments starting with a trip to the southernmost Texan city of Brownsville in Cameron County, located on the banks of the Rio Grande.  Seeded fifth, Brugues-Davi made a shock first round exit, losing 67(5) 62 62 to Georgian opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili.  The tournament didn’t end there though for Brugues-Davi as he partnered Victor Estrella from the Dominican Republic in the doubles event.  As second seeds they eased through the first couple of rounds but needed a deciding set match tie break to see off the challenge from the No. 4 seeds in the Semi Final.  In the Final they met the unseeded American pair of Brett Joelson & Christopher Klingemann, who had knocked out the No. 1 seeds at the Quarterfinal stage in straight sets, and took the trophy with a hard fought 76(2) 63 victory.

Staying in Cameron County, Texas, Brugues-Davi ended the month with a tournament in Harlingen, a city approximately thirty minutes drive from Brownsville in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.

Despite his shock first round elimination in Brownsville the previous week, Brugues-Davi had cause to celebrate as the ATP rankings released on the 22nd revealed that he had climbed to a new career high singles ranking of 316.  For the event in Harlingen, Brugues-Davi was seeded fourth and his first round match ended when his Latvian opponent, Adrians Zguns, retired from the match with Brugues-Davi leading 64 22.  He followed this up with a 61 62 win over Brazil’s Nicolas Santos in round two and in the Quarterfinal he edged past one time Yugoslav Davis Cup player Vladimir Obradovic of Serbia 63 46 62.  The Semi Final brought a first meeting with a fellow seeded player this week, Romania’s Catalin-Ionut Gard.  Brugues-Davi, rather surprisingly, swept aside the No. 2 seed 62 60 to reach his second singles Final of the month.  Andrey Kumantsov, the Russian fifth seed, put up more resistance against Brugues-Davi but was ultimately unable to prevent him claiming his second singles crown in three tournaments as Brugues-Davi secured a close 76(2) 63 win.

Brugues-Davi and Estrella continued with their partnership from the previous week but were unable to repeat their Brownsville triumph as they fell at the first hurdle, defeated, as the No. 1 seeds, in three sets having taken the opening set with the loss of just two games.

February proved to be a very good month for Arnau Brugues-Davi as the 24-year old claimed three titles (two singles and one doubles) and also reached a career high of 316 in the ATP singles rankings.  Further good news on the rankings front was to follow with the release of the March 1st rankings which saw him achieve a new career high of 491 in the doubles rankings.

His titles won during the course of the month saw his personal ITF Pro Circuit career totals improve to six titles from nine singles Finals whilst in doubles he now has three titles from his four Finals.  All his titles so far, singles and doubles, have all come on a hard court surface, not surprisingly listed as his favoured surface!

Nick Fishpool