Costa do Sauipe, Brazil
February 25, 2006
Massu Claims Sixth ATP Title
©Denis Ferreira Netto
Sixth seed Nicolas Massu claimed his sixth career title - and first since his double gold medal performance at the 2004 Athens Olympics - with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spaniard Alberto Martin at the Brasil Open.
Massu served for the match at 5-2 but had to wait until 5-4 to claim his fifth clay court singles title on his third match point.
Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas and Brazil’s Maria Esther Bueno were on court for the trophy ceremony.
Massu claimed his second title in Latin America, having won Buenos Aires in 2002.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Massu: "I am very happy since this is my first title since the Olympics. I did get nervous at the end of the match but thanks to God I managed to close it and win this very important title.
"This tournament is great and I see that it improves every year. As the tournament in my country in Vina del Mar I see this Latin American swing as very important since it allows me and the other Latin American players to play in our region.
"I also want to congratulate Beto Martin for a great week. He is a great player and a great person. I also want to acknowledge his coach (Marcos Gorriz) for being also a great professional."
Martin: "I want to congratulate Nicolas for this title. He deserved to win today. This is a great tournament and this was my second final here. I hope I can come back many times and maybe win the title.”
Day 5: Martin, Massu Advance to Final
Day 4: Chela Upset in Brasil Open QF; Martin Advances
Day 3: Gaudio, Volandri, Serra Lose in Second Round
Day 2: Gaudio Advances as Ferrero, Kuerten Fall
Day 1: Vanek Advances to Second Round