World No. 191 Zizou Bergs said it was “actually unbelievable” to win the Tie Break Tens Dubai.
Bergs, 22, beat Dustin Brown, stunned former world No. 6 Gael Monfils and also surprised Taylor Fritz to win the Tie Break Tens Dubai title.
Bergs, who has earned around $153,000 in tournament prize money so far in his career, collected $500,000 for winning the Tie Break Tens Dubai.
“It’s actually unbelievable,” Bergs said, per TENNIS magazine. “I didn’t know much about Tie Break Tens—we’re used to playing long matches, which can be a little tense sometimes at the end but this is tense all the time! It’s fantastic for the crowds and a great part of the process of becoming a great tennis player as well.”
Bergs came up big against Fritz
In the final, Bergs edged out Indian Wells Masters semifinal sit Fritz 11-9.
Fritz was coming off a strong run in Indian Wells and he was the top favorite to win the Tie Break Tens Dubai.
“I’d like to still improve my serve, then have my forehand be even more reliable than it is now—more of a weapon, less errors on it,” Fritz said in Indian Wells.
“I’ve been working a lot on coming forward to net. I’d love to be able to finish more points at net, feel more comfortable with it, because I hurt people with my power, kind of back them up. Coming to net can add another layer to my game.
“Just improving the return, becoming stronger and faster, which I’ve been able to do over the past couple years. There’s still a lot of room for improvement.”
Fritz, 23, insists the best is yet to come from him.
“Everyone kind of peaks at different times, but I’m 23 right now. I just know that I’m nowhere near where I think I’m going to be as a player,” Fritz insisted.