Berlocq claims Bastad trophy by beating Verdasco in final

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World no. 74 Argentine Carlos Berlocq overcame Wimbledon quarter-finalist Fernando Verdasco in Bastad 2013 final to lift his first ATP trophy, making the head-to-head record 1-1. In his only previous final appearance the Argentine suffered a three-set loss against Juan Monaco at VTR Open in Vina del Mar last February.

In today’s final clash the players generated thirteen break points in the opening set with four of them being converted by 4-4. The eighth-seeded Spaniard avoided three set ball dangers in the tenth game, yet he was broken for the third time two games later just before the set would go to a tie-break – it was one set to love for the 30-year-old Argentine.

The second set was completely one-sided with Berlocq dictating the terms from the game one on. He opened the set by holding to love and creating a couple of break point opportunities in the following game. He tucked away the second one and consolidated the break easily. Verdasco managed to get on the board next, but came nowhere close to turning the tide of the set. He was broken for the second time in the sixth game which meant his rival could now serve for his debut career title. Berlocq went 40-15 up and put away his very first championship point to conquer the Skistar Swedish Open clay court tournament. The Argentine won 7-5, 6-1 after one hour and thirty-eight minutes of tennis and earned €78,300 as well as 250 ATP Ranking points.


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