34-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos is looking to become the oldest first-time title winner on the ATP World Tour in the Open Era when he clashes with Feliciano Lopez in the final of the Ecuador Open in Quito. This marks the second time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Burgos leading the head to head series 1-0.
Talented Spaniard Feliciano Lopez took part in a surprisingly long match – not because of the competitiveness of the encounter, but because the lights went out due to a power outage that led to a three-hour delay. However, he eventually got past Fernando Verdasco 7-6(5), 7-6(1) to reach the final.
“It was a crazy match,” Lopez said. “In the first set tie-break, he made a few unforced errors with his serve, and I won the set. He was dominating the second set, I thought he had it… I had already made up my mind that I was going to play a third set, but later there were a few errors, a few good balls, and the match got balanced again. “I think that it will be a very complicated match,” Lopez added regarding the final.
Up against No. 72 ranked Thomaz Bellucci, Victor Estrella Burgos earned a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory to advance to the final of the Quito tournament.
“I think that I’ve been able to manage my emotions well,” Estrella Burgos said. “I hope that tomorrow I’ll be good physically so that I can play my game and try to win the match. I know that I have a lot of chances to win the tournament, and I’m very positive about it.”
This is undoubtedly the most intriguing final on Sunday – at least from a storyline perspective. Victor Estrella Burgos has the opportunity to win his first ever career title on the ATP World Tour, and could do so against an opponent he has already defeated previously last season. It will be interesting to see if he can get past the final obstacle this week.
“[Estrella Burgos] has been playing great. He plays very well in this conditions, and he’s been performing really well all week.”
Prediction: Feliciano Lopez in Three Sets