What a week for Juan Ignacio Londero. The 25-year-old from Argentina had never won a tour-level match in his career, but as a wildcard in his home country event in Cordoba, Londero won five matches to take the title beating Guido Pella 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Londero was previously 0-3 on the ATP circuit and had just two career Challenger titles.
Ranked No. 122, Londero is projected to rise to No. 69 in the new Monday rankings. He also gets $90,990 in prize money, or about 30% of his career prize money before this week ($317,482).
Pella, who was trying to win his first career title, falls to 0-4 in finals after losing from a set and a break ahead to his countryman.
It was Londero’s third straight win over an Argentine. He also beat Nicolas Jarry in the first round for his first career Top 50 win.
Londero will face his first Top 40 player in Joao Sousa in his Buenos Aires opener.
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