What a month March turned out to be for Spaniard Gabriel Trujillo-Soler! The 30-year old competed in four consecutive Futures tournaments held in Spain, seven including those held during February, and his title winning performance in the doubles final in Terrasa came in the one-hundredth professional tournament doubles final of his career and the fiftieth at Futures tournaments.
The month began for Trujillo-Soler with a trip to Terrasa, a city in Catalonia, Spain at the foot of the Prelitoral mountain range. This was the first of three successive tournaments in Catalonia. Unseeded, Trujillo-Soler opened with a comfortable first round victory over Czech Republic qualifier Otakar Lucak before facing the first of four fellow Spaniards, all seeded players, as he made his way to the final. First up was the No. 7 seed Jose Checa-Calvo who retired from the match during the second set with Trujillo-Soler leading 64 20. Next he took on and defeated Inigo Cervantes-Huegun, who was seeded No. 2, in straight sets 63 63. The opening set of his semifinal saw Trujillo-Soler drop his first set of the tournament. No. 3 seed Guillermo Olaso was, however, not to build on this as Trujillo-Soler came back to take both the next two sets 63 and set up a final with No. 4 seed, Pedro Clar-Rossello. A close first set of the final ended 75 in Trujillo-Soler’s favour and he then went on to take the title, dropping just two games in the second set. Trujillo-Soler also won the doubles title in Terrasa, with partner Carlos Rexach-Itoz and seeded fourth they defeated No. 3 seeds Jose Checa-Calvo & Pedro Clar-Rossello, two players defeated in the singles event by Trujillo-Soler. This victory came in his fiftieth appearance in a Futures doubles final and the one hundredth professional tournament doubles final of his career.
Staying in Catalonia, Trujillo-Soler’s next tournament took place across the border in the city of Sabadell. Seeded sixth, Trujillo-Soler once again opened with a first round win over a qualifier. Conor Pollock from USA put up a real fight and Trujillo-Soler narrowly won the match 76(5) 64 to move into the second round. Gerard Granollers-Pujol was then seen off with the loss of just four games and then the No. 3 seed from Italy, Simone Vagnozzi, was defeated in straight sets in the quarterfinals. For the second tournament running, Trujillo-Soler was to face Guillermo Olaso; this time seeded No. 1, in the semifinal. Their previous encounter went to three sets but this time there was no chance of a repeat as Trujillo-Soler cruised into the final with an astonishing 60 60 triumph over the top seed. The final saw him up against the No. 2 seed and a former top 100 ranked player, Alessio Di Mauro, from Italy. As in the semifinal, Trujillo-Soler was in top form and a 62 62 win saw him collect his second singles title of the month. In the doubles event, Trujillo-Soler had a change of partner from the previous week. With new partner Carlos Calderon-Rodriguez he was seeded fourth and together they were stopped in the semifinal.
Trujillo-Soler’s final tournament in Catalonia took place in Badalona and saw Trujillo-Soler named as the No. 3 seed. The opening two rounds ended with comfortable straight set victories over two Spanish players who had come into the main draw via the qualifying event. Two more fellow Spanish players were then defeated in the quarterfinal and semifinal as Trujillo-Soler moved into a third singles final this month. Fourth seeded Pablo Santos-Gonzalez was his opponent in this final, his fifth successive match against Spanish opposition in this tournament. The first set went Trujillo-Soler’s way with the loss of three games but Santos-Gonzalez ensured the final would go to a deciding third set as he levelled the match with a 64 win in the second set. The third and final set proved to be as closely contested as the previous set and also finished 64, this time to Trujillo-Soler. This win was his third of the month and fourth in consecutive Spanish Futures tournaments. It also meant that he was now undefeated in Futures singles finals stretching from March 2009 to March 2010, a run of seven finals. For the third tournament running, Trujillo-Soler had a change of partner for the doubles event, this time he was named the No. 3 seed with Allen Perel from Australia and they reached the semifinal where they narrowly lost to the top seeds and eventual champions, Ignacio Coll-Riudavets & Gerard Granollers-Pujol, also the champions from the previous week.
Upon leaving Catalonia, Trujillo-Soler made a near 316km journey west to the varied terrain of Zaragoza on the river Ebro. With a variety of landscapes ranging from desert to thick forest, meadows and mountains, Zaragoza was the fourth and final tournament of the month for Trujillo-Soler. Here he was named the No. 4 seed and on recent form would have been considered a favourite for the title but his quest for a fourth singles title of the month came to a surprise end in the first round. Defeat came at the hands of fellow Spaniard Ignacio Coll-Riudavets, who had enjoyed success in the doubles events over the previous two weeks. Coll-Riudavets was a winner in three sets, 64 46 64. A fourth tournament saw a fourth change of doubles partner and with partner Miguel-Angel Lopez Jaen they were named as the No. 1 seeded pair and made an exit in straight sets loss in the quarterfinal.
Despite this rather low key end to the month, Trujillo-Soler can always look back on March 2010 as a memorable month in his tennis career with three consecutive singles titles and a triumph in a landmark doubles final, the fiftieth at Futures level and one hundredth at all professional levels.
In all professional tournaments throughout his career, Trujillo-Soler’s one hundred doubles finals have seen him leave with the title on sixty-eight occasions. At ITF Pro Circuit tournaments alone, if we include his career record at Satellite tournaments, Trujillo-Soler has now contested eighty-two ITF Pro Circuit doubles finals, going home with the title on fifty-four occasions.
In singles ITF Pro Circuit competition, his record now stands at fourteen Futures titles from twenty-six finals. These titles include a run of seven finals undefeated stretching back to March 2009.