Estrella Burgos Tops Lorenzi to Three-Peat at Ecuador Open

by John on February 12, 2017

The King of Quito did it again. Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic pulled off a dramatic three-peat at the Ecuador Open in Quito Sunday afternoon, saving a match point and defeating No. 3 seed Paolo Lorenzi 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (6) in the final. The 5-foot-8 Dominican dynamo improved to 15-0 in Quito and became the only ATP Tour player to win at least three titles in one event and nowhere else. Estrella Burgos beat Feliciano Lopez in a third-set tiebreaker to triumph in 2015, and defeated Thomaz Bellucci in a tight three-set final in 2016. The 36-year-old Estrella Burgos almost didn’t make it past the second round this week, surviving 39 aces and saving three match points against top seed Ivo Karlovic before prevailing in a third-set tiebreaker. “It’s a great achievement for me to win three titles here,” Estrella Burgos said. “The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire [laughing], but for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.“ Indeed there certainly is something about Quito’s 9,350-foot elevation and red clay courts that Estrella Burgos takes a fancy to. He plays a brand of fearless and aggressive tennis in the Ecuadorian capital like no place else. Neither player faced a break point in the opening set as both served superbly, forcing a tiebreaker. Lorenzi, a 35-year-old Italian, ran off six straight points from 1-2 with mini-breaks on the sixth and seventh points to take the set in 45 minutes. Feeding off his momentum, Lorenzi captured a break to start the second set and jumped out to a 3-1 lead, giving every indication that he might run away with the match. Estrella Burgos clawed his way back with a break to even the score at 4-4, and then broke again up 6-5 to level the match at a set apiece. The Dominican drew first blood in the final set, breaking in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead. Lorenzi broke back in the ensuing game, and then five straight holds forced another tiebreaker. The two traded mini-breaks on the sixth and eighth points, keeping the tie-break on serve. Estrella Burgos saved a match point serving at 5-6 and then won the final two points for the win. “Without any doubt, this final has been the toughest,” Estrella Burgos said of his three in Quito. “Paolo doesn’t give away anything because he is a great fighter.” Lorenzi had 17 aces to four for Estrella Burgos, and won 88 percent of his first serves compared to 79 percent for the Dominican. Estrella bettered his opponent on second serves, winning 63 percent of his second offerings to 47 percent for the Italian. Estrella Burgos, ranked No. 156 starting the week, is projected to move back inside the Top 100 Monday.

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