Carballes Baena Clinches Copa Sevilla Title

Roberto Carballes Baena (photo: Copa Sevilla)

SEVILLA/STARNBERG, September 11, 2022

Roberto Carballes Baena has captured the title of the LIX Copa Sevilla, played on the famous Andalusian ‘albero’ yellow clay at the Real Club de Tenis Betis, to become the tournament’s 14th different singles champion of Spain. The No. 3 seed of the ATP Challenger Tour 90 event defeated his compatriot and second favourite Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-3, 7-6(6) in Saturday evening’s singles final.

Carballes Baena, who only dropped one set en route to the championship match in the opening round against Miljan Zekic of Serbia, won 88 per cent of his first-service points and broke his rival three times to prevail after one hour and 49 minutes.

“I played at a very high level, I am very happy. I managed to take the first set, playing very aggressively and in the second I tried to hold on as best I could. The goal is to keep playing like this. I think that I did a step into the right direction in the last few weeks. My goal is to continue growing and continue adding points,” said the 29-year-old Carballes Baena.

The World No. 80 earned his 10th career title on the ATP Challenger Tour, his second of the season following his triumph in Tunis, Tunisia in late May. Carballes Baena pocketed €9,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP Ranking points.