By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd at Eastbourne
Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) defeated Frank Dancevic (Canada) 6-3, 7-6
“It’s good to win, it doesn’t matter which surface it is on,” served up newly-crowned Eastbourne 2009 singles champion Dmitry Tursunov after capturing his first title of the season.
The Miami-based Russian, originally from Moscow, had struggled in the first three rounds to overcome opponents but had few problems in sealing success at the AEGON International at the expense of qualifier Frank Dancevic 6-3, 7-6.
Tursunov did not face a break point and served a dozen aces on his way to romping to victory.
The tournament no2 seed walked away with the opening set as Canadian serve and volley expert Dancevic played defensively.
And Tursunov’s participation was in slight jeopardy after he required treatment to his ankle midway through the second set, which had previously resulted in a two-month rest from the ATP Tour.
“It’s a great feeling. I suffered a bit in the second set, but now I feel great,” admitted Tursunov.
“Playing on grass can be tough because we only get three or four weeks on it so players are a bit like cats in water, but it seems like a good surface to me.
“Obviously it’s given me some practice on grass, which is very important in the lead-in to Wimbledon as last season I didn’t play as many matches ahead of Wimbledon.
“It is human nature to want to beat someone else – whether it’s Eastbourne, Wimbledon or beating your grandmother at chequers – as it always feels good to win.”