Estrella Burgos defends Ecuador Open title

by: AP | February 07, 2016

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The Dominican rallied from a set down to beat Thomas Belluci. (AP Photo)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic rallied from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to retain his title on clay in the Ecuador Open in Quito.

It was only the Dominican's second ATP singles title, and both have come in this tournament.

Bellucci was trying to win his fifth ATP singles title, but ran out of steam after dropping the second set in a tiebreaker.

The month-long, Latin American clay-court season moves on Monday to Buenos Aires with the Argentina Open, where former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is the top-seeded player and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer is No. 2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is No. 3 and American John Isner is No. 4. All four have byes into the second round.

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