Yesterday, Federico Delbonis became the first player to win his maiden ATP World Tour title in 2014 when he came back from a set down to defeat first-time finalist Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the São Paulo final.
It was a great moment for the 23-year-old from Azul, Agentina, who was able to clinch a title at his second final, having narrowly lost in the Hamburg final, last year, to another Italian, Fabio Fognini.
BATennis World had the chance to catch up with Delbonis after this important first.
BATennis World: How do you feel now that you have won your first ATP title?
Federico Delbonis: Smiling from ear to ear. Being able to reach one of my goals is something wonderful. It fills me with motivation to face what’s coming.
BATW: Except for the fact that you faced a player with a very different game style from Fognini, what was the difference for you between this final and the one in Hamburg, in terms of game and mental?
FD: It was completely different. In Hamburg, everything was like new. Here, without a doubt, I lived the final with more intensity, and that’s obvioulsy what I expressed on court.
BATW: Once again, you were able to come back from a set deficit. What did you tell yourself to motivate you and come back in the match?
FD: Playing the final was a motivation. I could’ve let the match escape me that way. I tried to calm my nerves from the second set onwards and play my game.
BATW: With Indian Wells coming, did you have time to celebrate a little before going there?
FD: The celebrations were short but it was worth it, in order to recharge the batteries for the very good challenge that’s coming: two Masters 1000 on hard courts.
With the win, Dlebonis is now at a career high of n°44 in the world’s rankings. Now that his maiden title is in the bag, upwards is the way to go for him. And as always, he will face the challenges with humility, calm, and hard work.
(Photos: Brasil Open)