Baez Tops Tiafoe In Estoril For First Career Title

by Staff | May 1st, 2022, 2:12 pm
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Sebastian Baez joined Holger Rune as first time winners on the ATP this weekend, as the Argentine topped Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-2

Baez beat three former champions including Tiafoe en route to his first career title, and biggest moment as a pro thus far.

Seeking a second title, Tiafoe had points to go up 3-1 in the first but Baez was able to get into gear.

“I started so nervous. He started good, I think,” Baez said. “After the third game, it was so important for both. I started to play better.

“The key was trying to be in the game every time, try to think what I had to do, and that’s the difference today.”

The 21-year-old Baez will now jump about 20 spots to a new career-high near No. 40, and close to a French seeding. Tiafoe will break the Top 25 for a first time.

“Unbelievable job by Sebastian. He deserved it. He played better than me today,” Tiafoe said

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