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Feb 25, 2024 7:27 pm

Sebastian Baez cruises past Mariano Navone to win Rio Open title

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No. 5 seed Sebastian Baez took down qualifier Mariano Navone 6-2, 6-1 in an all-Argentine final at the Rio Open on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

Baez, who entered the week ranked No. 30 in the world, earned the first ATP 500-level title of his career. The 23-year-old won three times last season at the 250 level, including in Cordoba, Argentina.

Baez not only won 23 of his 34 first-service points (67.6 percent), but also 35 of his 60 return points (58 percent) en route to dominating Navone in 82 minutes.

Navone, 22, had not won a match on the ATP Tour before this week. He stunned No. 2 seed Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in straight sets in the semifinals. Come Sunday, Navone was able to save 8 of 14 break points he faced while converting 2 of 3 opportunities to break Baez.

–Field Level Media

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