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Delbonis wins 1st ATP title at Brazil Open

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TALES AZZONI | March 2, 2014 05:06 PM EST | AP


SAO PAULO (AP) — Argentine Federico Delbonis has won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday.

Delbonis broke Lorenzi's serve to start the decisive set and held on to close the match in 2 hours, 6 minutes.

The 23-year-old Argentine was playing only in his second ATP final. He had lost to Fabio Fognini of Italy last July after upsetting Roger Federer in the semifinals in Hamburg.

With the victory at the ATP 250 tournament in Sao Paulo, Delbonis will move to 45th in the ATP rankings, a career best.

The 32-year-old Lorenzi, ranked 114th, had never advanced past the quarterfinals of an ATP singles tournament.