While the focus on Sunday afternoon was on the Davis Cup Final, which saw Roger Federer complete his trophy collection with the one title previously absent from his mantle, another tournament finale took place that day: the ATP Challengers Final. There, Diego Schwartzman defeated wild card Guilherme Clezar to win his fifth and final title of the season.
Schwartzman needed just 1 hour and 13 minutes to dispatch the eighth seed 6-2, 6-3 in front of a boisterous crowd in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The title win ties him for first place with five crowns and will find himself in the ATP Top 70 for the first time in his career.
“It was an incredible week,” said Schwartzman, who earns 110 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $84,900. “The tournament was great, well organised. I’m very happy. Since the first round, I managed to play a good level of tennis. I played all matches really well. I got into the final with a lot of confidence. Clezar was a little bit nervous and I took advantage of that. My technique was great too, all my strokes were going in.”
This was Schwartzman’s second meeting against Clezar this week, as he beat him with a similar scoreline in the round robin stage of the event.
“I will get into a lot of tournaments next year. We have the Australian Open in January. It was great to win this title, because of the prize money and also climbing up the (Emirates ATP Rankings).”