Almagro collects Estoril title; Schwartzman wins maiden title in Istanbul; Kohlschreiber captures third career Munich crown

published: May, 01, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

MILLENNIUM ESTORIL OPEN—ESTORIL, PORTUGAL

Spaniard Nicolas Almagro won the 13th title of his career on Sunday in Estoril, Portugal, dispatching countryman Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-3. Needing two hours and 47 minutes to come away with the victory, Almagro scorched 12 aces and broke the serve of his opponent on five occasions. Currently ranked No. 71 in the world, Almagro won 82,450 euros and 250 ATP World Tour points for his victory.

Carreno Busta, who was playing in his second final in 2016, is currently ranked No. 50 in the world.

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TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open—Istanbul, Turkey

Diego Schwartzman won his maiden career in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday, overcoming a set and a break deficit to defeat No. 2 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-0.

After injuring his leg toward the end of the second set, Dimitrov imploded and allowed his diminutive opponent to get back into the match. Not winning a game in the final set, Dimitrov broke two rackets after trailing 5-0 to before being defaulted. The Bulgarian fell to 0-2 in finals in 2016 and has not won a Tour title since Queen’s Club in 2014.

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BMW Open by FWU AG—Munich, Germany

No. 4 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber won his third title in Munich, Germany in epic fashion on Sunday, dismissing No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(4). In a match that featured nine total breaks of serve, it was Kohlschreiber who used his guile toward the tail-end of the match to prevail. Winning his seventh career title, Kohlschreiber improved to 2-0 against Thiem in lifetime meetings.

Thiem, who has had an excellent year-to-date, fell to 29-8 on the year.

Both Thiem and Kohlschreiber will next see action at the Mutua Madrid Open next week.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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