BAEZ & RUNE CAPTURE MAIDEN ATP TITLES


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Estoril Open, Portugal


21-year-old Argentinian, Sebastian Baez, defeated American Francis Tiafoe 6-3, 6-2 in the Estoril Open final to win his first career title.



Baez’s successful week in Estoril sees him rise to a career-high ATP ranking of No. 40.


The win was extra special for the young gun after he fell agonisingly short of his first ATP title in Santiago just a few months ago.


Baez found himself 0-2 in the first set but managed to win the next four games to seize control of the opening set. In a tightly contested second set, the Argentinian managed to gain a crucial break of serve in the sixth game of the set to lead 4-2. Showing composure beyond his years, Baez managed to successfully close out the match.


Post-match, Baez expressed his delight that he was able to overcome his slow start.


"I started so nervous. He started good, I think," Baez said.


"After the third game, it was so important for both. I started to play better...the key was trying to be in the game every time, try to think what I had to do, and that's the difference today."


Both Tiafoe and Baez will now turn their attention to the Madrid Masters 1000 tournament which commenced yesterday.


BMW Open, Germany


It was a day of firsts with Dane Holger Rune winning the Munich BMW Open to claim his first title on the ATP Tour.



The Danish star became the third-youngest champion in the tournament’s history.


Unfortunately, Rune’s opponent Botic van de Zandschulp was forced to retire at 4-3 in the first set after experiencing breathing difficulties.


Despite not winning his first final the way he would have liked to, the Danish teenager showed his class throughout the week, stunning the top-seeded Alexander Zverev.


Rune's breakthrough title we see him rise to a new career-high ATP ranking of No. 45.


"I'm super happy, of course," Rune said. "As I said, not the way I want it to end, but if I look through the week, what a week! To be playing here in Munich and winning my first ATP title in front of such a brilliant crowd, I couldn't really ask for more."


Rune will now hope to continue his strong form at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid.