Baez Prevails, Takes Zagreb Open Title

Sebastian Baez (photo: Zagreb Open)

ZAGREB, May 16, 2021

#NextGenATP Argentine Sebastian Baez clinched his third title of the season by winning the Zagreb Open, hosted by the Tenis Centar “Maksimir” in Zagreb, Croatia. The 20-year-old qualifier rallied from a set down to overcome last week’s Biella champion Juan Pablo Varillas of Peru 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in Saturday’s singles final of the €44,820 ATP Challenger clay-court tournament.

Baez battled through the bottom half of the main draw, beating Indian qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan, Pedro Martinez of Spain and Chilean qualifier Marcelo Tomas Barrios en-route to the championship match.

Baez won 81 per cent of his first-service points in the final and capitalized on five of his six break-point chances to prevail after two hours and six minutes.

“It has been an amazing week for me,” Baez told Borna Mohac from the tournament’s media team after the final. “I lost a couple of first sets during the week but in the end I came out as the winner and I am very happy. Now it’s time to prepare for Roland Garros.”

After lifting the trophies in Santiago and Concepcion in Chile earlier in the year, Baez pocketed €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points. The youngster is projected to reach a new career-high ranking of World No. 183 on Monday. Baez has also become the youngest Argentine to win three titles in a season since Guillermo Coria in 2000.

King/Reese take doubles title

Later in the day, Evan King and Hunter Reese took the doubles title. The No. 3 seed from the United States defeated the tournament’s top favourites Andrey Golubev and Alexandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan 6-2, 7-6(4). The final lasted one hour and 24 minutes.

King and Reese split €2,670 in prize money and earned 80 ATP Doubles Ranking points.