Estrella Burgos Captures Maiden Title in Quito

by John on February 9, 2015

Estrella Burgos

Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, at 34 years of age, became the oldest first-time ATP World Tour titlist in the Open Era yesterday, defeating top-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) in the final of the inaugural Ecuador Open Quito. The eighth-seeded Estrella Burgos, recently named Dominican Sportsman of the Year, also became the first from his country to win an ATP Tour title. The Ecuador Open, the initial tour clay-court tournament of the year, replaced the tournament formerly held in Vina del Mar, Chile. Saturday, Estrella Burgos upset No. 6 seed Tomaz Bellucci in a semifinal match which included a four-hour rain delay, and also partnered with Joao Souza in a losing doubles final effort afterward. Showing no signs of fatigue from the day before, Estrella Burgos broke Lopez in the opening game of the match and again in the seventh to take the first set comfortably. Both players held throughout in the second stanza to force a tiebreaker. Lopez survived a first point mini-break to force two of his own to win the tie-break. Estrella Burgos raced to 4-1 lead in the third set after breaking Lopez in the second game. The Spaniard got the break back in the seventh to force another tiebreaker. Estrella Burgos got the lone mini-break on the 10th point, and served it out on his second match point. “The truth is that Quito has become a very special city for me,” Estrella Burgos said. “It actually already was, as I’ve won Challengers here. Today has been a very tough day for me where I was a set up, and later I lost the tie-break. In the third set I was up a break, and I didn’t manage the nerves well. I got a little bit nervous, but thanks to God, I relaxed a bit in the tie-break, and I was able to win the mini-break and win the match.” Estrella Burgos protected his serve well throughout, saving five of six break points and winning 76 percent of the points on his first serve and 60 percent on his second. Lopez out-aced the Dominican 19-3, won 70 percent of the points on his first delivery and defended four of his seven break points. “He practically dominated the whole match,” Lopez said. “In the tie-break I was ahead, and then I had a very easy backhand shot that I missed and that killed me. It would have put me at 5-4 with two serves. That would have been a good opportunity, but tennis is like this.”

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