Marcondes Earns Maiden Challenger Title In Florianopolis

Igor Marcondes (photo: Luiz Candido – CBT)


Brazilian qualifier Igor Marcondes won his first pro title at the Dove Men & Care – La Legión Florianopolis in his first ATP Challenger Tour final, defeating second-seeded Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-4 at the Lagoa Iate Clube in Florianopolis Sunday.

The 524th-ranked Marcondes put on a solid display on his serve, hitting five aces. The 24-year-old lefty dominated the match with his strong forehand, capitalized on five of his nine break-point opportunities to triumph at the $52,080 clay-court tournament after one hour and 20 minutes of play.

“I think the most important thing is to believe in it,” said Marcondes. “I did so right from the beginning. I knew it would be a very difficult tournament, but I kept fighting, point by point, game by game. I managed to cap the week in the best possible way. It’s my first singles title. I had already played two Futures finals. It’s an incredible feeling. I’m very happy.”

Marcondes earned $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points and is projected has reached a new career-high ranking of World No. 331.