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Delbonis claims first ATP title

Federico Delbonis kisses the trophy as he poses for pictures.

Beats Lorenzi in final to lift trophy

In his second career final, Federico Delbonis clinched his first ATP title yesterday after beating Paolo Lorenzi 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the Brazil Open final.

SAO PAULO — Argentine Federico Delbonis won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the Brazil Open final yesterday.

Delbonis broke Lorenzi’s serve to start the decisive set and held on to close the match in two hours, six minutes after converting on his second match point.

The 23-year-old Argentine was playing only in his second ATP final. He had lost to Fabio Fognini of Italy last July after upsetting Roger Federer in the semifinals in Hamburg. With the victory at the ATP 250 tournament in Sao Paulo, Delbonis will move to 45th in the ATP rankings, a career best.

The 32-year-old Lorenzi, ranked 114th, had never advanced past the quarterfinals of an ATP singles tournament. He reached the Sao Paulo final by beating top-seeded German Tommy Hass, who retired in the semifinals because of a right shoulder injury while losing in the second set. Lorenzi won the first set yesterday after breaking Delbonis’ serve at 3-3, but the hard-hitting Argentine started serving well and was never broken again, finishing with 12 aces and no double faults.

Delbonis beat home-crowd favourite Thomaz Bellucci in the semifinals. He had defeated second-seeded Nicolás Almagro in the second round, a three-time winner at the Brazil Open.

It was the first time since 2007 that the Brazil Open wasn’t won by a Spanish player. Argentine Guillermo Cañas lifted the trophy that year, and after that the tournament was won by Spaniards Almagro, Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal.

MEXICAN OPEN. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won his second career title by edging South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) yesterday morning to claim the title of the Mexican Open.

AP

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