Delbonis Debones Lorenzi for ATP Sao Paulo Title
Unseeded Argentine Federico Delbonis captured his first title Sunday at the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo, topped fellow unseeded player Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
En route to the final Delbonis defeated homecountry favorite Thomaz Bellucci and three-time Brasil Open winner Nicolas Almagro. “All the matches were complicated,” Delbonis said. “Especially the one I had with Nico when I lost the first set…I think that everything happened because of the calm attitude I had when facing the key moments. That allowed me to always find a solution and find again my best game.”
The 32-year-old Lorenzi was looking to become the oldest first-time winner since 33-year-old Wayne Arthurs won in Scottsdale in 2005. “I tried to win the final, but he played the important points better and that’s tennis,” he said.
Dimitrov, Cibulkova Capture Acapulco Titles
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Slovak Dominika Cibulkova captured titles at the joint ATP/WTA even in Acapulco, the Abierto Maxicano Telcel.
The top-seeded Cibulkova outlasted unseeded American Christina McHale 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4, improving to 4-6 in WTA finals.
“For me this was supposed to be preparation before the big ones, but now it’s one of my favorite tournaments,” Cilbulkova said. “The resort, the courts and everything — I’m happy they made it to hardcourts. I really fell in love with this tournament.”
McHale was playing in the first WTA final of her career. “I was just trying to stay with her,” she said. “But hopefully there will be more finals to come for me.”
Dimitrov won a marathon over Kevin Anderson 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(5) after almost three hours.
“Belief is the only thing that kept me going today,” said Dimitrov, who beat Andy Murray in a late-night match in the semis. “I didn’t think I was going to come back after last night’s match. I’m really happy.”
It was the second career title for the 22-year-old after Stockholm last year.
Dimitrov withstood 13 aces and 46 winners from Anderson for the victory. “I’m going to have to move on and take positives and take belief, because you can get down or get even more motivated,” Anderson said. “I had my chances, I just didn’t execute them.”
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