Federico Delbonis will meet Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi in the final of the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo.
World No. 114 Paolo Lorenzi reached his first ever ATP World Tour final on Saturday afternoon following a victory over Tommy Haas, when the German was forced to retire with a right shoulder injury. He was leading 6-3, 3-2 before Haas decided to retire from the match.
“First of all I would like to say that I’m sad for Tommy. I hope he didn’t hurt anything important and that he can play Indian Wells,” said Lorenzi. “Second, I’m very happy because at 32 years old I’m playing my first final, and it’s in Brazil, which is one of my favourite countries. I’m very happy to be able to play here tomorrow.”
Delbonis, who ousted Nicholas Almagro in the second round, reached the final with a victory over local favourite Thomaz Bellucci. The world No. 61 won the match 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 to reach his first ATP World Tour final this season. Prior to reaching the finals this week, Delbonis’ best performance on the tour was reaching the second round in Rio de Janeiro and Vina del Mar.
The Brasil Open final takes place Sunday afternoon in Sao Paulo.