Márton Fucsovics triumphed over the German Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-2 over the course of one hour and eight minute ATP World Tour final match in Geneva this weekend. With this win, the young tennis player bagged the greatest title of his career, as well as the first ATP victory for Hungary in 36 years.
The 26-year old Hungarian is the first from the country to play at an ATP final in 34 years, and its first ATP champion since 1982, when Balázs Taróczy won the last of his 13 titles in Hilversum, the Netherlands.
With his first ATP title, Fucsovics also becomes the first Hungarian to break into the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings since Taróczy, whose best world ranking was no. 12. With his victory in Geneva, Fucsovics earned 250 points and €89,435 in prize money as well as a rise to no. 45. Discussing his win, he said:
I really love Switzerland. Last year, I played my first ATP quarter-final in Basel and now I won my first title here, so it’s really special for me. We’ve been working a long time for this. The last two years were very hard for me in my life, but hopefully I will have a very long career after this.
Since his win, Fucsovics has already shifted focus to the French Open (also known as Roland Garros) in Paris, where he is making his main draw debut against his 23-year-old Canadian rival, Vasek Pospisil.
On his last Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, the Hungarian tennis player was a surprise face in the final sixteen. Having made it to the final sixteen, he was the first Hungarian male player to be among the top 16 in a Grand Slam since Balázs Taróczy’s 1984 Roland Garros participation, and the first Hungarian player in the final sixteen in an Australian Open since 2004 (Anikó Kapros).
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