The 20-year-old Thiago Tirante (255º), born in the city of La Plata, won his first ATP Challenger trophy in Ambato, Ecuador after beating Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas in an intense final (121º), first seed of the tournament. After an hour and 35 minutes of action, the Argentine won the game 7-5 and 7-5.
After leaving Cristian Rodriguez in the first round, Carlos Gómez Herrera in the second phase, Gerald Melzer in the quarterfinals and his compatriot Facundo Mena in the semifinals, Tirante appeared for his second definition for the title in 2021: in Trieste, Italy lost in the final to Tomas Etcheverry.
The third was the charm for the platense. In his first match against Varillas, the Argentine got the best of his game on the Ecuadorian brick dust and was able, in this final, to lift the champion trophy. He had just lost the decisive stages at the Lima Challenger with Daniel Galán and against Etcheverry in the aforementioned contest.
Thus, Tirante added a new trophy for Argentine tennis: among all, in 2021, they accumulate 15 won tournaments. Juan Manuel Cerúndolo (Rome, Como and Banja Luka), Sebastian Báez (Concepción, Santiago and Zagreb), Tomás Etcheverry (Perugia and Trieste), Federico Coria (Prostejov), Pedro Cachín (Oerias), Francisco Cerúndolo (Cordenons), Facundo Bagnis (Salzburg), Camilo Ugo Carabelli (Warsaw) and Facundo Mena (Quito) were the other Argentine champions.
With this enormous performance, Thiago Tirante will be top 205 in the world and is getting closer and closer to the Australian Open Qualy.