Schwartzman collects Istanbul Open

Diego Schwartzman won the Istanbul Open on Sunday in bizarre circumstances as Grigor Dimitrov's third racquet smash saw the match handed to the Argentine.

It was a memorable final, maybe for all the wrongs reasons though.

In the first set service holds were a rare occurrence as eight of the 12 service games resulted in breaks. A tie-break decided the opening stanza after Dimitrov converted his second set-point as Schwartzman netted a volley.

Dimitrov then assumed control of the match as he raced to a 5-2 lead in the second and looked destined to claim the title in straight sets. However, a spectacular meltdown coupled with some gritty character from his opponent saw the match swing violently in the opposite direction.

Schwartzman broke Dimitrov twice as the latter attempted to serve-out the match. Schwartzman would go on to claim the second set 7-6 (4) as Dimitrov began cramping and throwing sporadic tantrums.

The world number 87 then stormed to a 5-0 lead in the third set with Dimitrov on tilt. With the score at deuce in the sixth game of the deciding set, Dimitrov committed his third racquet smash which resulted in the game and the match being awarded to Schwartzman.

During the post-match prize ceremony, Dimitrov showed remorse for his petulant actions.

"I let my family down, I let my team down, I let my fans down with that kind of behavior which I definitely apologise for," the Bulgarian said.

The win was Schwartzman's first on the ATP World Tour. He is now the second first-time winner this year, joining Nick Kyrgios who won in Marseille.

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