Delbonis wins 1st ATP title at Brazil Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — 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 on Sunday.

Delbonis broke Lorenzi's serve to start the decisive set and held on to close the match in 2 hours, 6 minutes after converting on his second match point. He jumped and punched the air after sending a winner down the line past the outstretched arms of Lorenzi.

Delbonis celebrated a nearly perfect week in which he also reached the semifinals in the doubles tournament.

"To tell you the truth, I have no words," Delbonis said. "I played well match after match. It was a great result in the end."

The 23-year-old lefty 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.

"It's a shame I wasn't able to win," Lorenzi said. "But hopefully I'll be back next year to try again."