23-year-old Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine won his second career singles title Sunday evening, defeating Tommy Haas 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-1 to win the 2012 Citi Open at the FitzGerald Tennis Center at Rock Creek Park.
The match was delayed twice in the first set by the rainstorms that raked the D.C. area Sunday afternoon. The delays totaled 1 hour, 50 minutes.
After Haas won the first set in a tiebreak, the players were on serve in the second set until the very last game, when Dolgopolov broke the German at 5-4 to even the match at one set all. The second set was the first that Haas had lost in the whole tournament.
The tension of the deciding third set was quickly dissipated, as Dolgopolov broke Haas twice to secure the title, his first in the ATP's 500 series.
With the win, Dolgopolov earned a purse of $1,049,760. While the tournament was overshadowed in star power by the London Olympic Tournament at Wimbledon, Dolgopolov will surely take the win as a massive confidence boost heading into this summer's U.S. Open, where he will hope to better last year's run to the 4th round.
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