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Cecchinato sees off Schwartzman to clinch Argentina Open title

Home crowd favourite Diego Schwartzman defeated by Italian third seed in final of ATP event in Buenos Aires.

Monday 18 February, 2019
Marco Cecchinato celebrates his victory.
Marco Cecchinato celebrates his victory. Foto:NA

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Third-seeded Marco Cecchinato of Italy won the Argentina Open final on Sunday, taking his third career title and disappointing home crowd favorite Diego Schwartzman.

The 26-year-old Cecchinato easily beat fourth-seeded Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2 on the outdoor clay, ending fans' hopes a local lad might win the title.

Schwartzman had saved a match point to come back and knock out defending champion Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals. 

But on Sunday it was very different, with Cecchinato barely giving Schwartzman a chance from the beginning in a clinical performance. At one point, the Argentine went of a losing run of seven games in a row.

Cecchinato, ranked 18 worldwide by ATP, took little over an hour to claim his third ATP title, following on from 2018 victories in Budapest and Umag. He did not lose a set all week.

The 26-year-old, who famously defeated Novak Djokovic on his way to the French Open semi-finals last year, has won all three of his titles on clay.

- TIMES/AFP/AP

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