Portugal's Pedro Sousa failed to lift his maiden ATP title this past Sunday in Buenos Aires but that didn't prevent him from being extremely satisfied with his week at the tournament. Sousa, who was beaten in the Buenos Aires qualifying final round, entered the main draw as a lucky loser and then went on a sensational run to make his maiden ATP final.
The 31-year-old Portuguese defeated Facundo Diez Acosta, Jozef Kovalik and Thiago Monteiro before he was given a walkover by top seed Diego Schwartzman in the semifinal. Sousa overcame a left leg injury to beat Monteiro in the quarterfinal but couldn't do the same in the final as No.
8 seed Casper Ruud took the full advantage of the Portuguese not being at 100 percent to win 6-1 6-4. "It's the best week of my life, my first final and maybe the last one," Sousa said, per the ATP Tour. “I came to play qualies about two weeks ago and I am sitting here on Sunday. I cannot be more happy. Ruud played very firm and is the deserved champion”.