Victor Estrella Burgos creates history with his win in Quito
Victor Estrella Burgos entered into history books as he overcame a stiff challenge from Feliciano Lopez to win the Ecuador Open on Sunday. With this win, the 34-year-old became the oldest first time winner on the ATP World Tour in the Open era.
The Dominican beat Lopez 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) in 2 hours and 18 minutes.
Pancho Gonzalez, at 41, won the Los Angeles title in 1969, but had already won titles before the start of the Open Era. Burgos also became only the second player ranked outside the Top 50 to win a title this year. Jiri Vesely, ranked 63 in the world, won the Auckland title last month.
In another first, Burgos is also the first Dominican to reach an ATP final. The World No. 73 Burgos pocketed $80,000 for his record-breaking efforts.
Here is the list of players who won their maiden ATP title after turning 33 in the Open Era:
|Wayne Arthurs||2005||Scottsdale||33 years, 11 months|
|Tom Gullikson||1985||Newport||33 years, 10 months|
|Richard Pancho Gonzalez*||1969||Los Angeles||41 years, 4 months|
|Ken Rosewall*||1968||Bournemouth||33 years, 5 months|
Note: Richard Pancho Gonzalez and Ken Rosewall had won many titles before the beginning of the Open Era in 1968.