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Paolo Lorenzi beats Nikoloz Basilashvili to become oldest first-time ATP winner

Associated Press

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Paolo Lorenzi of Italy became the oldest first-time winner of an ATP event on Saturday after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-4 in the Generali Open final.

At 34 years and seven months, Lorenzi is one month older than Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic when he won his maiden title in Quito, Ecuador, last year.

The 48th-ranked Lorenzi, who was seeded fourth, appeared in his second career final after losing to Federico Delbonis of Argentina at Sao Paolo two years ago.

The 123rd-ranked Basilashvili was the first Georgian player to appear in an ATP final.

Lorenzi was in control of the first set after breaking Basilashvili in the opening game. The Italian converted his first match point on the Georgian’s serve in the second set.

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