The 33-year-old Spanish tennis player triumphed on clay again after rallying to beat Cameron Norrie4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in Sunday’s final of the Estoril Open.
Ramos Viñolas converted his first match point in the deciding tiebreaker to clinch his third ATP title.
Ramos Viñolas came back from a set and a break down to secure the victory at the clay-court tournament. He is 16-5 on clay, which is the best record on the surface this season.
“I won three tournaments in my career, so this is one of the best three weeks in my career,” Ramos Viñolas said. “It was a really difficult match against Cameron. I think he played a really good tournament.”
Albert Ramos Viñolasis one win away from his third career title…
The 33-year-old Spanish tennis player recovered from a break down in both sets to beat countryman Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday at the Estoril Open.
Ramos Viñolas converted five of his six break points to advance to his 10th ATP Tour final (2-7) after 77 minutes.
Ramos Viñolas’ victory against Davidovich Fokina extended his lead at the top of the 2021 tour-level clay-court wins list.
The World No. 46 owns 15 victories on the surface this season, six clear of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Pablo Carreno Busta and Federico Delbonis, who are tied in second place with nine clay wins this year.
Ramos Viñolas will attempt to extend his unbeaten 2-0 ATP Head2Head record against Cameron Norrie in the final. The two-time ATP Tour titlist won both his previous encounters against Norrie on clay.
“I am really happy… I am fighting a lot [and I am] tactically [doing] good,” Ramos-Vinolas said in his post-match interview. “Tomorrow is another match, another day and I have a really tough opponent who [has been] playing really good tennis [throughout] the season. Last week, he played three good matches and this week he has beaten very good players. I think tomorrow will be very difficult.”
Nicolas Almagro’s ATP title drought is officially over…
The 30-year-old Spanish tennis player rallied from a set down to beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Sunday to claim the Estoril Open title.
It’s Almagro 13th career title — all on clay — and his first since winning the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur in May 2012.
Almagro twice wasted chances to serve out the first set and squandered a 6-2 lead in the opening tiebreaker. Almagro completed the fight back in just under three hours. He had 12 aces and converted five of 19 break chances to beat the eighth-seeded Carreno Busta.
Almagro will now move on to the Madrid Masters event, where he’ll play Borna Coric in the first round.