World No. 355 Pablo Andujar became the lowest-ranked ATP winner in 20 years on Sunday when he beat first-time finalist Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-2 for the Grand Prix Hassan II title.
He became the first player to win the title three times after wins in 2011-12.
“[I was] trying to make him move as much as I could,” Andujar told the media afterwards. “He attacks a lot and is a very strong player. I was very solid today and I’m very happy about that.”
Andujar has won three of his four ATP titles in Morocco, with the fourth coming in Gstaad four years ago.
The 32-year-old cruised through the first set after running out to a 5-1 lead, then in the second set he broke on his first three break point opportunities.
In February Andujar was ranked No. 1,824 after elbow surgery. He is now on a 10-match winning streak, previously winning a Challenger-level title.
“I always believed that I could come back, otherwise I wouldn’t have tried,” Andujar said.
Edmund is now 0-1 in tour finals.
“For me it was a good tournament…it was great experience for me,” said Edmund. “It’s been a good year so far, it’s not the result I wanted, but nevertheless a good week for me.”
Andujar improved to 4-4 in career finals.
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