Pablo Carreno Busta won the first all-Spanish ATP final in three years on Sunday, defeating compatriot Jaume Munar 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 for the trophy in Marbella.
The 15th-ranked top seed needed nearly two and a half hours to secure victory, with his time on court this weekend totalling four and a half hours including the semis.
“Today I suffered just like yesterday fighting all the time,” the winner said. “I needed to do it if I wanted to win this kind of match.
“It’s a pleasure to win a title here in Spain, in Marbella. For me, it’s very special. It’s my fifth title, so I’m very, very happy for the victory.”
The last time two Spaniard met in a final on the Tour was In Quito, 2018, when Roberto Carballes Baena beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Carreno Busta won the 200th match of his career and was presented his trophy by legend Bjorn Borg, whose son Leo had played qualifying rounds.
“We saw a great final today with two great players and great tennis,” the Swede said. “I think everybody agrees with me on that.”
Carreno Busta earned a massive 17 break points in the battle but was only able to convert four of them,
“I started really good, really focussed and very aggressive,” Carreno Busta said. “After that I missed a little bit and Jaume started to play better and at the end.”
The champion won his last title in Chengdu in 2019.