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The Peque ran out of gas for the final.
Diego Schwartzman had no chance against Italian solid Marco Cecchinato, who was blunt and won the ATP 250 tennis final at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, after just over an hour of play.
The Italian player, number 18 in the world and third pre-placed, designed an almost perfect performance and won with 6-1 and 6-2 midterms, in just 65 minutes.
Thus, the tennis player born in the city of Palermo added the third title to his campaign, after those achieved in Budapest and Umag, both in 2018.
“ I was able to react after a not-so-good start and played a very good tennis in the last two games,” said Cecchinato, after the final.
The Italian defeated Chilean Christian Garín (7-6 and 6-4) in eighth round, Spaniard Roberto Carballés Baena (7-6 and 6-4) in fourth, Bahian Guido Pella (6-4 and 6-2) in semifinals and “Peque” Schwartzman in the final.
On the contrary, the tennis player from Buenos Aires, located in the 19th position of the rank and fourth favorite, could not complete his good week with the conquest of the title, a goal that he is denied since Rio de Janeiro 2018.
Schwartzman added his third lost final in five definitions, as he had previously succumbed also in Antwerp 2016 (lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet) and 2017 (fell to Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga).
He will now focus on his participation in the Rio de Janeiro Open (brick powder; $1,937,000 in prizes), which will have a difficult premiere to defend the crown, as he will face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (78th).
Meanwhile, Argentine tennis players continue to struggle to celebrate a title on the traditional stage of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo, to the point that the last to do so was the retired Cordoba David Nalbandian, who in 2008 surpassed another Argentine, the missionary José Acasuso.
Subsequently, Juan Monaco (2009 and 2015) and Juan Ignacio Chela (2011) arrived at the decisive stage, but could not win the maximum trophy.
In the doubles contest, the champion pair was made up of Tandilense Máximo González and Marplatense Horacio Zeballos. The players from Buenos Aires defeated Schwartzman and Austrian Dominic Thiem by a double 6-1.
The ATP 250 tennis in Buenos Aires was played over brick dust and handed out prizes for $673,000.
Publication Date: 18/02/2019
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