Fucsovics stops Navone’s dream in Bucharest

The Hungarian beat the Argentine in the final

April 21, 2024

By ATPTour.com/es Staff

Patience is a competitive virtue and Marton Fucsovics has found the reward for his tenacity. The Hungarian won the second ATP Tour title of his career this Sunday at the Tiriac Open in Bucharest, adding a new piece to his collection six seasons later. In a week full of unforeseen events due to the weather, experience has boosted the blows of a tough player like few others.

The No. 82 in the PIF ATP Rankings resisted in a sharp final, defeating the Argentine Mariano Navone 6-4, 7-5, one of the great sensations of the 2024 season. The Hungarian imposed his physical power on the resistance of his rival , with his body punished after going through two matches on Saturday. Fucsovics thus lifts his second trophy on the circuit after occupying the throne in Geneva in the 2018 season.

“I feel great. It’s been a long time since I won an ATP 250 tournament, so the feeling is fantastic,” Fucsovics said. “I worked very hard to achieve it. Today was a demanding match, but I kept fighting until the end.”

Just a few weeks ago, Navone might have been wondering what its performance would be like across the Atlantic. He will abandon South American tournaments for the first time to face a clay ATP Tour touring other continents. However, his response has been clear with memorable performances.

In the first tournament outside his native region he climbed to the semifinals in Marrakech, being one round away from fighting for the trophy. His debut in Europe ended with the final in Bucharest, a confirmation of his adaptation to the ATP Tour level.

The emergence of the Argentine is one of the great recent stories on the circuit. Exactly a year ago he was outside the world Top 200. Now, with the merits accumulated in recent weeks, going as seeded in the next edition of Roland Garros might not be a chimera.

Did you know…?
Marton Fucsovics reached a career-high No. 31 in the PIF ATP Rankings in the 2019 season. He is the most notable Hungarian in the men’s singles rankings in the last 50 years, taking over from former world No. 29 Balázs Taróczy in 1983.

Source: https://www.atptour.com/es/news/bucarest-2024-final-navone-fucsovics

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