(February 8, 2015) Victor Estrella Burgos became the oldest first-time ATP World Tour winner in Open Era history on Sunday when the 34-year-old had a 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-6(5) win over top seed Feliciano Lopez to take the Ecuador Open Quito title.
No. 73 Estrella Burgos is also the first person from the Dominican Republic to win an ATP title. He’s just the second player ranked outside the Top 50 to win a title this year following World No. 63 Jiri Vesely, who won in Auckland in January.
Estrella Burgos also reached his first ATP doubles final on Saturday, where he and partner Joao Souza to the German team of Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko
This was the second over-30 final of the season with 31-year-old Guillermo Garcia Lopez beating 30-year-old Andreas Seppi for the Zagreb title earlier in the day.
“The truth is that Quito has become a very special city for me,” Said Estrella. “It actually already was, as I’ve won Challengers here. Today has been a very tough day for me where I was a set up, and later I lost the tie-break. In the third set I was up a break, and I didn’t manage the nerves well. I got a little bit nervous, but thanks to God, I relaxed a bit in the tie-break, and I was able to win the mini-break and win the match.”
“He practically dominated the whole match,” said Lopez. In the tie-break I was ahead, and then I had a very easy backhand shot that I missed and that killed me. It would have put me at 5-4 with two serves. That would have been a good opportunity, but tennis is like this.”
Lopez became the ninth player and third active player to reach 7,000 aces.