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Norway’s Casper Ruud wins 1st title at Argentina Open

APTOPIX Argentina Open Tennis

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates his 6-1, 6-4 win over Pedro Sousa of Portugal during the ATP Argentina Open final match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)


BUENOS AIRES — Norwegian Casper Ruud clinched his first title by beating lucky loser Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4 in the Argentina Open final on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Ruud didn’t face a break point in his nine service games and broke his Portuguese opponent three times.

Eighth-seeded Ruud reached the final in Buenos Aires after beating Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero in the semifinals.

The 31-year-old Sousa, ranked 145th, had a walkover in his semifinal against top-seeded Diego Schwartzman.