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2 ноября 2015 г. 07:25

The Diamondbacks had been a tailspin

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Argentine Federico Delbonis won his first ATP title by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday.Jerseys Cheap . Delbonis broke Lorenzis serve to start the decisive set and held on to close the match in 2 hours, 6 minutes after converting on his second match point. He jumped and punched the air after sending a winner down the line past the outstretched arms of Lorenzi. Delbonis celebrated a nearly perfect week in which he also reached the semifinals in the doubles tournament. "To tell you the truth, I have no words," Delbonis said. "I played well match after match. It was a great result in the end." The 23-year-old lefty was playing only in his second ATP final. He had lost to Fabio Fognini of Italy last July after upsetting Roger Federer in the semifinals in Hamburg. With the victory at the ATP 250 tournament in Sao Paulo, Delbonis will move to 45th in the ATP rankings, a career best. The 32-year-old Lorenzi, ranked 114th, had never advanced past the quarterfinals of an ATP singles tournament. He reached the Sao Paulo final by beating top-seeded German Tommy Hass, who retired in the semifinals because of a right shoulder injury while losing in the second set. "Its a shame I wasnt able to win," Lorenzi said. "But hopefully Ill be back next year to try again." The Italian won the first set on Sunday after breaking Delbonis serve at 3-3, but the hard-hitting Argentine started serving well and was never broken again, finishing with 12 aces and no double faults. Delbonis beat home-crowd favourite Thomaz Bellucci in the semifinals. He had defeated second-seeded Nicolas Almagro in the second round, a three-time winner at the Brazil Open. It was the first time since 2007 that the Brazil Open wasnt won by a Spanish player. Argentine Guillermo Canas lifted the trophy that year, and after that the tournament was won by Spaniards Almagro, Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal. Nadal decided not to defend the clay-court title this week. He chose to play in the first Rio Open, which he won last week. In the doubles final on Sunday, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Philipp Oswald of Austria beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Roberto Farah of Colombia 5-7, 6-4, 15-13. The Colombians, No. 5 in the world and second-seeded in Sao Paulo, won the Rio Open last week. Delbonis reached the semifinals of the doubles tournament playing with countryman Facundo Bagnis, losing to the eventual champions. Cheap Jerseys . Hours after Shelly Sterling said she would fight to keep her ownership of the franchise even if her estranged husband cant, the league said that wouldnt be possible. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping . Hartley missed two field goals in Sundays 27-16 loss at St. Louis, dropping his conversion rate to a career-low 73.3 percent (22-for-30) this season. The 27-year-old joined the Saints in the middle of the 2008 campaign and his tenure with the club was highlighted by three kicks of more than 40 yards during Super Bowl XLIV, helping New Orleans beat the Indianapolis Colts.PHOENIX -- Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson helped engineer a quick turnaround in the desert, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping the two will stick around for a while. Towers and Gibson each had their contracts extended three years, through at least 2014. There also are mutual options for two more years for the general manager and manager that must be exercised by 2013, but also could be triggered by performance incentives. "I am so proud of Kevin and Kirk and the direction they have taken our ballclub in a short time span," Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall said Friday. "They are both on the same page and the work dynamic is magical. It is my opinion that their performances this past season warranted a reward." The Diamondbacks had been a tailspin, losing 97 and 92 games the previous two seasons, before turning it around quickly this year. One of the surprise teams in baseball, Arizona won 94 games and the NL West title for the first time since 2007 with a roster rebuilt by Towers and guided by the always-prepared Gibson. Towers, who had a long, successful run in San Diego, was hired late last season to replace Jerry Dipoto, who had been named interim general manager when Josh Byrnes was fired in July. Towers first move was to retain Gibson, the fiery former player who was elevated to manager when A.J. Hinch was fired the same day as Byrnes. Towers then spent the off-season retooling Arizonas roster, beeefing up a bullpen that had been one of the worst in baseball and adding more contact hitters to a team set the major league record in strikeouts the season before. Cheap Jerseys Authentic. He also brought in a group of seasoned veterans such as J.J. Putz and Willie Bloomquist who provided a steady example for the other young-but-talented players on the roster. Gibsons job was to get those veterans and youngsters to mesh, which he did with a combination of intensity and organization. A gritty player who won World Series titles with the Tigers and Dodgers, Gibson proved to be a great motivator and kept his players ready to play every day by not posting the lineups until the day of the game. The approach worked to near perfection as the Diamondbacks seemed to have a different player come through with the big hit or big play almost every night. Gibson also got the players to pay close attention to details from the first day of spring training, which helped them down the stretch after a big run in May sent them to the top of the division standings. Arizona ended up losing to Milwaukee in five games in the NL division series, but it was a big step for a franchise that had been down for so long. "Ill tell you what, its a great group of guys," Towers said after the Diamondbacks were eliminated by the Brewers. "We talked about theres always next year and next year will be better. I dont know how it could be better." wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys china jerseys from china nfl jerseys cheap authenticcheap jerseys ' ' '

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