JÁVEA, March 18, 2017
22 Spaniards featured the 32-men-singles main draw of the inaugural $15,000 BBVA Future Vila de Xàbia, but in the end it was Argentine Pedro Cachín, who prevailed in Saturday’s final. The seventh seed from Córdoba defeated the tournament’s number five Bernabé Zapata Miralles from Valencia 6-3, 6-3.
In perfect weather conditions and in front of about 250 spectators at the Ferrer Tennis Academy in Jávea, Cachín was in total control of the opening set and gained the decisive break in the eighth game of the final set to secure victory in one and a half hours of play.
“Playing a final is always difficult. There are a lot of people and the expectations are very high. I was a bit nervous at the beginning, as I lost a couple of finals before but I am very pleased with my performance and happy to win the tournament,” Cachín told Tennis TourTalk afterwards.
It was the third career title on the ITF Pro Circuit for the World No. 487 and his first since lifting the ATP Challenger trophy in Sevilla two years ago.
“I suffered from a pretty tough injury last year when I broke my back during the ATP 500 event in Barcelona. It took a lot of time to come back. I had been sidelined from the courts for eight months and had pain for about 10 months. It is a new year now and I am happy to get back to my level,” the former World No. 166 explained.
“My goal for the season is to stay healthy and enjoy the tennis. Of course I want to play my best in every tournament, which means competing in five matches to reach the final. By the end of the season, I would like to be back at Challenger level,” Cachín said and added that he will stay in Spain for the next three weeks, playing the ITF Futures events in Reus, followed by two tournaments in Madrid.
“It’s going to be pretty difficult again, as you have to adjust to the conditions at every tournament again: new city, new courts, new balls. Tennis is a beautiful sport but also pretty tough,” the sympathic Argentine concluded. He takes away €1,944 in prize money as well as 18 ATP ranking points.