Marti Pujolras wins ITF tournament in Melilla



MELILLA / STARNBERG, September 26, 2021

Alex Marti Pujolras won his first title on the Pro circuit. The 22-year-old Spaniard lifted the trophy from the 16th International Male Capital Of Tenis Melilla Sport held on clay at the site of the Federacion Melillense de Tenis in Melilla, an autonomous city in Spain located on the northwest coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco.

Marti Pujolras, number one seed in the ITF World Tennis Tour U15, benefited from the retirement of the No. 2 seed Carlos López Montagud in the Sunday singles final. The world No.557, who finished second at home in Santander earlier this month, converted three of his five break points and was leading 6-4, 2-0 after 50 minutes when Lopez Montagud was forced to stop playing due to injury.

The tournament had to contend with bad weather on the shores of the Alboran Sea throughout the week and as a result the two finalists had to duplicate. Earlier in the day, Barcelona resident Marti Pujolras defeated compatriot Spain Daniel Rincon 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals after an hour and 17 minutes.

Lopez Montagud had to go the distance by beating his compatriot Miguel Damascus 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the championship game after two hours and 27 minutes.

Mesquida Berg / Pereira lift doubles trophies

In other actions, Oscar Mesquida Berg from Spain and Miguel Fernando Pereira of Chile won the doubles title. Seeds # 4 have passed the teens Edas Butvilas from Lithuania and Alejandro Manzanera Pertusa from Spain, who entered the competition with a wild card, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 11-9.

The final lasted an hour and 30 minutes.



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