ATP QUITO: Victor Estrella Burgos will seek 3rd title in a row here against Paolo Lorenzi

Tennis - Player from the Dominican Republic prevailed against Thomaz Bellucci in two tie breaks

by Jovica Ilic
ATP QUITO: Victor Estrella Burgos will seek 3rd title in a row here against Paolo Lorenzi

Same 4 players that were in the semi-final stage 12 months ago, gathered in the same round here in Quito today, and it will be the clash between the veterans Victor Estrella Burgos (36) and Paolo Lorenzi (35) in the title match tomorrow.

Paolo Lorenzi reached his 3rd ATP final after an easy 6-1 6-4 victory over Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, in 72 minutes. Albert spent almost 3 hours on the court yesterday against Roberto Carballes Baena and that for sure left a mark on him, as he wasn't able to produce his best tennis and challenge Italian more.

He lost more than 50% of the points on his serve, being broken 4 times from 8 chances Lorenzi had, and he managed to pull only one break back, which wasn't enough to pose a serious threat today. Paolo played a rock solid match, losing 13 points on serve in 9 service games, and he dictated the pace from the baseline to stay on the green side of the scoreboard all the time.

After just 20 minutes it was already 5-0 for Lorenzi following his two breaks in games 2 and 4, and he closed the opener in less than 30 minutes with an ace in game 7.

In set number 2 Ramos-Vinolas raised his level to stay in touch with his rival, he got broken in game 3 but he pulled it back immediately, scoring his first and only break of the match with a forehand down the line winner.

Nevertheless, Paolo made a crucial move when he broke at love in game 9 and everything was over in the next game on own serve, when Ramos-Vinolas crashed the forehand out. Italian finished the match by taking 12 out of the final 13 points and he will for sure look forward to carry this form into the title match.

Lorenzi will for sure need his best tennis in the final, as the ultimate conqueror of this event awaits in the final, as Victor Estrella Burgos improved his score to 14-0 in Quito and will go for a three-peat tomorrow! For the third season in a row in this tournament, Estrella Burgos defeated Thomaz Bellucci in the latter stages, this time by 7-6 7-6 in 2 hours and 4 minutes for his 3rd ATP final. It was a very close match, as results suggest, but it was Estrella Burgos who delivered better tennis in the most important moments, first of all in the tie breaks.

Both players suffered 2 breaks of serve (Estrella Burgos created 10 break chances, Bellucci 8) and all 4 breaks were seen in the opening set. Thomaz served at only 44% but he really fought well, using his first serve well and staying aggressive in the rallies.

He also made a big comeback in the first set, but that all wasn't enough to give him at least one set in this solid encounter. Defending champion didn't have the best possible start, having to play against 4 break chances in his first service game, but after fending them off he broke Thomaz in the following game when Brazilian netted a volley.

Nothing worked well for Bellucci, who dropped his serve at love to fall 5-2 down, and the defending champion only had to serve out for the opening set. Suddenly, his game collapsed and he allowed his rival to get back on track completely, Thomaz won 4 games in a row to find himself 6-5 up, forcing Estrella Burgos to serve to stay in the set for a change.

Victor had no problems to confirm the tie break, and he went on to win it by 7-4, scoring his only mini-break in the 4th point after a miss-hit forehand from Brazilian. Bellucci had to dig deep right from the start of the second set, saving 6 break points in his initial 2 service games, but he also threatened on return in game 5 when Victor had to play against two break chances.

In the games that followed both players found a nice rhythm to hit another tie break, with no break chances in the last 7 games. Bellucci opened it with a mini-break but that was pretty much all from him, Estrella Burgos got it back in the very next point after a lovely forehand, and he never looked back from there.

An experienced player from the Dominican Republic claimed another two return points, including the one in the final point when he passed Thomaz with a classy forehand winner.

Semi-final results:

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [4]Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 7-6(4) 7-6(3)
[3]Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs [2]Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-1 6-4 ALSO READ: ATP MONTPELLIER & SOFIA: Gasquet and Zverev reach the final. Dimitrov one win away from home glory

Victor Estrella Burgos Paolo Lorenzi Thomaz Bellucci