Facundo Arguello needed 10 match points to defeat countryman Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 for the Itajai crown. The second seed had reeled off 11 of 12 games after dropping the first set, but his fellow Argentine would not be deterred, saving nine match points before eventually succumbing. Arguello, pupil of 2004 Roland Garros champion and former World No. 5 Gaston Gaudio, won his second ATP Challenger Tour title in his ninth final. The 21 year old ascends to a career-high No. 104 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
What the Players are Saying
SchwartzmanArguello: "I am very happy with this victory. In the first set I was very nervous and it hurt me in decisive moments. I am very happy to win once again in Brazil. I feel like I'm almost home."
Schwartzman (pictured left, photo credit Rafael Moreira): "It was a great match. It is a bitter feeling losing because it is a final.”