Thiago Seyboth Wild and Casper Ruud made a statement in the clay-court, showing the Next Generation of tennis players has come to stay.
Back into the ATP calendar after six years, 2020 marked the comeback of an ATP Tour 250 tournament to Chile, and it did in style.
The Chile Dove Men+Care Open took place at the Center Court of Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica in San Carlos de Apoquindo.
The tournament suffered several withdrawals during the week, including that of local hero Cristian Garin.
Nevertheless, the competition grew stronger by the day, and on Sunday, a crowded central court awaited for the final battle.
Top-seeded, Garin had been forced to retire due to a left leg injury, while playing the first set of his quarter-final tie against Thiago Seyboth Wild - which he lost 6(1)-7.
Withdrawing at home was not an easy decision for the 23-year-old who is having a strong start of the season, finishing the Latin American Golden Swing with two ATP Tour titles under his name - the ATP 250 Cordoba Open and ATP 500 Rio Open.
THE PATH TO THE FINAL
The Brazilian who began the tournament with a wild card then moved into his first ATP Tour semi-final.
Playing the quarter-finals, second seed Casper Ruud overcame Argentine Federico Delbonis 7-5, 7-5, also securing a spot in the semi-finals; yet, neither player knew their paths would soon cross.
On Saturday, the Seyboth Wild defeated qualifier Renzo Olivo 6-1, 6-3 advancing to his first ATP Tour final, while the Norwegian continued his path into victory lane, beating Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach the final in Chile.
On Sunday, the two young talented tennis players battled for two hours and 17 minutes, giving spectators a glance of what the future has in store for tennis in the hands of the Next Gen.
The opening set went to the Brazilian, in the second set, Ruud regrouped, managing to force into a third decisive set, with Seyboth Wild sealing victory 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, and securing his first ATP Tour title.
It was the second tour-level final for Ruud, and the first for the 19-year-old who became the youngest Brazilian singles player to reach an ATP Tour final since 1990.
In February, Ruud was crowned champion of the 2020 Argentina Open by defeating Portuguese player Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4, lifting the first ATP Tour title of his professional career.
Sports Pundit contacted Ruud management team, confirming he is already on his way back to Norway as he prepares for the next challenge, representing his country at the 2020 Davis Cup World Group I Play-offs, set to start on Friday.
Norway will meet Barbados at the Oslo Tennis Arena, both teams have never faced each other in the groups’ competition before.
Brazil will meet Australia playing for the 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers at the Memorial Drive Tennis Club, in Adelaide, with Thiago Seyboth Wild as part of the team.
The FedEx ATP Tour Rankings released today shows Ruud as World. No. 36 (rising two places), while Seyboth Wild is getting closer to get into the Top 100, moving from World No. 183 to 113.