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SPORTS | 04-03-2019 12:22

Fifth-time lucky as Gudio Pella claims maiden pro-tennis title

The world number 48 defeated Chile's Christian Garín 7-5, 6-3 to take the clay-court title.

Argentine tennis player Guido Pella claimed his first career title at the Brazil Open on Sunday, ending a streak of losing all four of his previous finals.

The world number 48 defeated Chile's Christian Garín 7-5, 6-3 to take the clay-court title having lost previous finals in Rio in 2016, Munich in 2017, the Umag event in 2018 and at Cordoba earlier this season on the South American swing.

Pella, 28, didn't lose a set all week in São Paulo and the third seed's greater experience told on Sunday against his 22-year-old opponent who was appearing in his first championship match.

The last time an Argentine player lifted the trophy was Federico Delbonis five years ago.

It was only the second meeting of the two finalists. The previous occasion saw Pella win in the second round of last year's Argentina Open.

- AFP/AP

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