SKISTAR SWEDISH OPEN 2013
Berlocq Wins First ATP World Tour Title In Båstad
by ATP Staff|
Carlos Berlocq captured his first ATP World Tour title at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Sunday to become the ninth over-30 champion this year.
Berlocq followed in the footsteps of fellow Argentine Mariano Zabaleta, the 2003 and 2004 Båstad winner, with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over eighth seed Fernando Verdasco in the final, which lasted one hour and 38 minutes.
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The 30-year-old Berlocq, who had previously finished runner-up to Juan Monaco at the VTR Open in February 2012, earned €78,300 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points. Verdasco, now 5-13 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals, received €41,240 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points.
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Berlocq showed little nerves in the opening stages of the pair’s second FedEx ATP Head2Head clash, when he won the first two games. After three straight service breaks, Berlocq took a 4-1 lead before Verdasco fought back to level.
At 5-4, Berlocq failed to convert two set point opportunities at 15/40 on Verdasco’s serve, but two games later, with 60 minutes played, he made it third time lucky to break Verdasco, to 30, for the set.
Berlocq, currently No. 74 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, grew in confidence to run through the second set. He broke Verdasco to 30 in the second game and again in the sixth game to seal a memorable triumph.
It was Verdasco’s first title match since March 2012 at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel (l. to Ferrer).