Costa Do Sauipe: Nicolas Almagro of Spain won his eighth ATP title, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final on Saturday of the Brazil Open.
The Spaniard also won this event in 2008 and has won all eight of his tournament titles on clay.
Dolgopolov, who reached the quarterfinals last month in the Australian Open, was appearing in his first ATP final. Almagro and Dolgopolov had played twice before, splitting their matches. Almagro defeated Dolgopolov on clay in last year's French Open, and Dolgopolov won a few months later in a non-clay event in Shanghai.
But on Sunday, Almagro was in almost total control and did not face a break point.
In fact, he was in control during the entire tournament and dropped just one set — that to Juan Ignacio Chela in the semifinals.
"The truth is that it was a beautiful final, a final that I was very happy to be part of," Almagro said. "It's clear that the tournament is a very important one not only for me but here and in all of Brazil."