Federico Delbonis won his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday afternoon with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Paolo Lorenzi at the Brasil Open 2014.
Following his semi-final victory over local favourite Thomaz Bellucci, world No. 44 Federico Delbonis rallied from a set down to defeat Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi in the Sao Paulo final. Both players were unseeded, with Lorenzi taking part in his first ever ATP World Tour final.
“All the matches were complicated,” Delbonis said. “I remember moments from each one of them, especially the one I had with Nico (Almagro) when I lost the first set. It was a hard moment but I was able to come back. I think that everything happened because of the calm attitude I had when facing the key moments. That allowed me to always find a solution and find again my best game.”
114th ranked Lorenzi was one set away from his first ever title on the tour, yet was unable to maintain his momentum and dropped the following two sets.
“I loved the entire week here,” said Lorenzi. “For me, it felt like my home. It has been incredible and I’m very happy. I tried to win the final, but he played the important points better and that’s tennis.”
Delbonis rose 17 places to a career-high World No. 44 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, taking home $85,900 in prize money. Lorenzi earned 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $45,245.