Almagro Rallies for Estoril Title
Spaniard wins 13th tour-level crown
Nicolas Almagro stormed back from a set down to win the final of the Millennium Estoril Open 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-3 against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. Almagro earned his first tour-level title since Nice 2012. It was the 30 year old’s 13th ATP World Tour title.
"Every event is tough with Roland Garros coming up, things are really tight," said Almagro. "It's great to win a title after so long, it was a battle today with Pablo, who was playing really well. I've improved during the week, I've been losing a lot of matches that I should have won. I'm looking for my tennis again. But I'm gaining more confidence with my game."
Almagro overcame plenty of adversity on Sunday. He twice failed to serve out the opening set and led the first-set tie-break 6-2 before dropping six points in a row. In the second set, he let slip a 5-4 lead before recovering in another tie-break to push the match to a deciding set.
In securing the win on his third match point after almost three hours, Almagro improved to 13-10 in tour-level finals, all on clay. He struck 12 aces and finished with a tournament-best 45 in five matches.
Almagro earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €82,450. Carreno Busta, who was aiming for his maiden ATP World Tour title, took home 150 points and €43,430.