Pablo Carreno Busta wins first title at home; double delight for Lorenzo Sonego

Carreno Busta survives a three-set battle to win in Marbella; Sonego bags the singles and doubles titles in Cagliari

Pablo Carreno Busta during his final match in Marbella; Credit: ATP Tour twitter page

Pablo Carreno Busta’s impressive week ended on a high, with the Spaniard winning the Andalucia Open trophy in Marbella. He defeated fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to win his first ATP Tour title at home on Sunday. The top seed needed two hours and 21 minutes to get his hands on the trophy after a roller-coast final match.

Carreno Busta would not have hoped for a better start as he cruised to the first set victory 6-1. Just when things appeared to be going in his direction, Munar staged an impressive comeback. The Spaniard fought hard for every point, making life difficult for his compatriot Carreno Busta. He then won the second set 6-2.

With the match evenly poised, the decider was a closely fought encounter. In the gruelling final set, Carreno Busta got the breakthrough right at the end. At 4-4, Carreno Busta broke his younger adversary after missing multiple break points in the same game. He then saw out the set 6-4 to seal the title.

Double delight

Lorenzo Sonego made history on Sunday after a tense come-from-behind victory at the Sardegna Open. He became the first Italian in 16 years to capture an ATP Tour title on home soil following the 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 over Laslo Djere of Serbia. Filippo Volandri was the last Italian to lift a tour-level trophy on home soil. He managed it at Palermo in October 2006.

Sonego started on a poor note, losing the first set 2-6. But, he refocused to take a 4-1 lead in the second. However, Djere struck immediately back to win three straight games. The Italian, however, survived in the second set in a tie-breaker.

After that there was no stopping Sonego as he went on to bag the third set and the title in stellar fashion at the Tennis Club Cagliari. The 25-year-old had earlier partnered alongside Andrea Vavassori to win the Cagliari doubles title on Saturday, beating Simone Bolelli and Andres Molteni 6-3, 6-4.

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