Austriaâ€™s Jurgen Melzer, suffering with a broken big toe on his right foot capped a week in Memphis by winning the tournament over last yearâ€™s finalist Canadian Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6(4).
Melzer broke his toe ten days ago when he caught his foot in a hotel bedspread. His broken toe did not stop him from taking out three of the tournamentâ€™s top four seeds, including John Isner, Radek Stepanek and Raonic.
“Of course itâ€™s a relief to win a tournament, especially a [ATP World Tour] 500; I havenâ€™t won one before. After a tough season last year, itâ€™s obviously something nice. I played a really good match today, I kept my head in the game. I knew it was tough. Heâ€™s probably the best server on tour at the moment. Sometimes you just walk left to right without doing anything, but I felt like when the ball was in play and when I had my chances, I played really solid.”
“After the match against John [Isner], I felt this could be my tournament because Iâ€™ve been really playing well and things have been going together. Iâ€™ve been going for lines when it was important and especially the big points Iâ€™ve been playing well the whole tournament. This is confidence, this is what you need. In the end, itâ€™s one or two points and Iâ€™ve played those better than the other guys this week.”
“He neutralized my serve better than anybody else the last two weeks, so a big part of it is getting a lot of free points to not getting that many,” Raonic said. You have one mentality set on why the free points arenâ€™t coming, like the last few times, and that was pretty much all due to credit to him. I just didnâ€™t catch on early enough, I felt.”
“There wasnâ€™t really much I could do a lot of times in the matches. He was pretty much taking it to me. I felt like he was the one dictating more than I was, so he was taking that away from me. He was playing very close and inside the line, while I felt I was quite far behind, so I was the one doing most of the running.”
World No. 38 Melzer became the first 30-year-old to take the Memphis title since Ivan Lendl did it in 1991. Memphis marks Melzerâ€™s fourth career ATP World Tour title.
RESULTS – SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY, 2012
Singles – Final
J Melzer (AUT) d  M Raonic (CAN) 75 76(4)
Doubles – Final
 M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 46 75 10-7