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Garin becomes first Chilean ATP champion in a decade

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

claimed his first ATP title on Sunday, weathering a solid challenge from to post a three-set win in the final of the US Men's Championships.

The 22-year-old Garin, who is part of the ATP's next generation of stars, beat Ruud 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3 and becomes the first Chilean to win an title since in 2009.

"Casper is a I am sure we will play many more finals against each other," said Garin, who improved his record to 11-3 in 2019.

"This is my favourite tournament now and I hope to come back next year."

Garin also won their only previous career meeting last month in Sao Paulo, and earned his first title in just his 11th career tournament.

Not only did Garin pick up the winner's check Sunday but he will play in his first next month in

Garin reached the final by defeating American 7-6 (7/2), 6-2. But his road to the final wasn't easy. He was pushed to three sets in his opening match against of and saved five match points to defeat second seed of in the second round.

Ruud, 20, was seeking to become the first Norwegian to win an title.

Ruud's father, Christian, was the from to reach an finishing runner-up in 1995 at Bastad, competed on the Tour for a decade.

Like Garin, Ruud has been impressive on clay this season. He reached the quarter-finals in February at the Rio Open and then advanced to the semi-finals at Open.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 09:30 IST