Tennis: Monaco beats Berlocq in Vina del Mar final

AP, Monday 6 Feb 2012

Juan Monaco beat Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-1 in an all-Argentina final at the Vina del Mar VTR Open on Sunday for his fourth ATP title

Juan Monaco

The top-seeded Monaco claimed his first title since winning three in 2007— and all have come on clay. The victory marked a breakthrough for the 27-year-old Monaco, who lost in the final at this tournament in 2008 and 2010.

“The third time is lucky they say, so this time it’s true,” he said.

It was the first ATP final for Berlocq, who advanced after defeating second-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela, another Argentine.

Monaco started well and led 4-1 before going on to win the first set. He led 4-2 in the second and seemed headed for victory before Berlocq evened the match and won the tiebreak. Monaco returned to form in the third set and broke Berlocq twice.

Berlocq, who turned 29 on Friday, dropped only one set during the week.

The Chilean tournament is the start of a monthlong clay court swing across Latin America, with other events upcoming in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

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