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Diego Schwartzman beats Fernando Verdasco to win Rio Open tennis

Diego Schwartzman was in commanding form against Fernando Verdasco, who appeared to run out of puff after reaching both the singles and doubles finals in the Rio Open tennis tournament.

tennis Updated: Feb 26, 2018 09:19 IST
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Diego Schwartzman,Fernando Verdasco,Rio Open
Diego Schwartzman of Argentina returns to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during the singles final of the ATP Rio Open 2018 at Jockey Club Brasileiro on February 25, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Getty Images)

Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman ended a two-year wait for his second ATP tour title as he overpowered an exhausted Fernando Verdasco to win the Rio Open 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.

The world number 23 was in commanding form against an opponent who appeared to run out of puff after reaching both the singles and doubles finals in Rio.

“I was very patient, solid, intense, I knew he was very tired as he had played both singles and doubles,” Schwartzman said of his opponent who won the doubles final on Saturday.

“It’s been two years since I’ve won a tournament so I am very happy. It was a perfect week for me.”

Schwartzman broke serve three times in the first set as Verdasco produced a string of unforced errors.

Once the Spaniard squandered four break points at 2-2 in the second set, he appeared to wilt under pressure and Schwartzman ran away with the match.

First Published: Feb 26, 2018 09:18 IST