Bellucci to face Burgos in final

Third seed Thomaz Bellucci will face fifth seed Victor Estrella Burgos in the final of the Ecuador Open in Quito. 

Bellucci’s road to the final was not an easy one as he was involved in a hard-fought battle with Paolo Lorenzi. Bellucci had to come from behind to beat Lorenzi 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Bellucci claimed an early 2-1 lead in the first set after breaking Lorenzi in the third game. However, the Italian broke back to make it 2-2 before going on to break Bellucci once again en route to clinching the first set.

Trailing by one set, the Brazilian launched his comeback by taking a 4-1 lead in the second set, during which he broke Lorenzi. Bellucci took the second set 6-2 when he broke Lorenzi for the second time in the eighth game.

Both players held serve for the first five games of the third set before Bellucci gave himself a 4-2 advantage by breaking Lorenzi in the sixth game. Despite Lorenzi managing to save a match point two games later, it was not enough to stop Bellucci from booking his spot in the final.

Meanwhile, Burgos secured his place in the final following a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Burgos was in fine form in the first set as he raced out to a 5-1 lead, breaking Ramos-Vinolas twice in the process. Even though the Spaniard broke back in the seventh game to make it 5-2, Burgos broke Ramos-Vinolas for the third time to claim the first set.

The second set was a much tighter affair as both players refused to give anything away off their serve. With neither player able to break the deadlock, a tie-break was needed, which Burgos went on to win.