Diego Schwartzman seals emotional title on home soil in Buenos Aires

Diego Schwartzman fist pump

Diego Schwartzman cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Francisco Cerundolo in the Argentina Open final as the world number nine claimed his maiden victory on home soil.

The top seed, who lost by the same scoreline against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato at the same stage of the tournament two years ago, never allowed his compatriot to settle as the qualifier was downed in 81 minutes in Buenos Aires.

Schwartzman said in quotes on the ATP website: “I’m very, very happy, it’s been an amazing week for me. It’s the first time that (I have won at) home.

“Two years ago, I reached the final here and lost. I was very unhappy but two years later I have my revenge against Francisco, who is a great player.”

Cerundolo’s younger brother Juan Manuel prevailed at the Cordoba Open seven days ago and had Francisco done likewise here, they would have been the first siblings on the ATP Tour to win titles in consecutive weeks.

Cerundolo beat seeded trio Benoit Paire, Pablo Andujar and Albert Ramos Vinolas in three-set affairs this week, but his efforts seemed to take their toll in the showpiece.

Schwartzman added: “Francisco had a spectacular week, I’ve been following him since he qualified and we’ve had great conversations and talked about his matches.

“I also know his whole family, they were there at the same club where I started playing tennis before (Francisco) was born. This was his week, last week was (Juan Manuel’s) week.”

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