Casper Ruud become the first Norwegian man to win an ATP title beating lucky loser Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4 in the finals at Buenos Aires.
Ruud, whose father Christian reached a career high NO. 39 and made one final, will now reach a career high No. 39 after his first win.
“I feel a great sensation now. It is what all players look for and dream of. I am very happy with my career, although I know that I am still young,” the 21-year-old Ruud said. “Buenos Aires will always be a special place for me, this is my first title.”
Ruud never dropped serve and lost just one set in five matches during the week en route to his second ATP final after a runner-up in Houston last year.
The 27-year-old Sousa was appearing in his first career ATP final having never even reached a tour-level quarterfinal before.
“It’s the best week of my life, my first final and maybe the last one,” Sousa said with a laugh. “I came to play qualies about two weeks ago and I am sitting here on Sunday. I cannot be more happy. Ruud played very firm and is the deserved champion.”
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