Spaniard Tommy Robredo claimed his eighth ATP World Tour title and denied Brazilian fans a home victory with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) in the final of the Brasil Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Costa do Sauipe.
Robredo collects 250 South African Airways ATP Rankings Points and US$90,000 in prize money.
Seven of Robredo’s eight ATP World Tour titles were on clay. His last title before today was in Bastad last year.
21 year old Bellucci is the third different Brazilian player to reach the Costa do Sauipe final and was looking to become the first home-grown champion since Gustavo Kuerten won the title in 2004.
Robredo said: “It’s wonderful to play tennis when the public is excited about the match and behind one of the players. Obviously, as long as it’s respectful, as the public was tonight. Naturally the public was backing Thomaz tonight, but I was able to concentrate on what I needed to do. Although Thomaz was nervous at the beginning, this turned into a great match. He is a great player and plays well. He had opportunities and made some great shots, but luckily I was able to win and I’m very happy about it. This was a great way to end a fantastic week here in Brazil. I hope to return many times to Costa do Sauipe.”
Bellucci said: “I had a bad start to the match. I made a lot of errors due to being nervous, but as I started to feel the public’s support I started to gain confidence and increased my level of play. It was very emotional and moving to feel the public support me to that degree; yelling my name and even some people crying at the end.”