He gave Rafael Nadal a scare at Wimbledon, and then Francisco Cerundolo went on to collect his first career title Sunday on the clay in Bastad besting Sebastian Baez 7-6(4), 6-2.
“It feels amazing,” said Cerundolo on court. “First of all, I want to congratulate Sebastian, not just for this week. You’ve been playing amazing since last year.
“Means a lot. Since you are a child you imagine yourself playing in these events and finals. When I lost in Buenos Aires I was sad, because I was at home and I lost badly, but I learned a lot from that. I used it today, and I think I played a great match, a great week.”
In this battle of Argentinians in Sweden, the younger Baez got out to a quick break but Cerundolo promptly leveled, then later saved a host of break points. He didn’t drop serve after the opening service game, finishing 9-of-10 on break points saved.
It was a banner week for the 23-year-old Cerundolo who along the way scored his first Top 10 win upsetting Casper Ruud. He also knocked out Pablo Carreno Busta and Aslan Karatsev en route to his second career ATP final.
The 21-year-old Baez was seeking his second career win after Estoril.
“I think Francisco was better than me today, so congrats to him and his team too,” said Baez. “Tennis is one part of life, and I think we have to enjoy it when we lose and when we win. The little things, we have to enjoy every time, so I enjoyed this week and I hope that next week will be better.”
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