Diego Schwartzman capped a dominant 2014 campaign with an impressive performance in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals, earning a 6-2, 6-3 win in 73 minutes over eighth-seeded wild card Guilherme Clezar on Sunday.
The 22 year old concludes a career-year on the Challenger circuit, which included the most match wins (48), tied for the most titles (5) and with a projected career-high Top 70 position in the year-end Emirates ATP Rankings. Only three players have won more matches in a single season on the ATP Challenger Tour than Schwartzman, with compatriot Carlos Berlocq having claimed the most (57) in 2010.
"It was an incredible week," said Schwartzman, who earns 110 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $84,900. "The tournament was great, well organised. I’m very happy. Since the first round, I managed to play a good level of tennis. I played all matches really well. I got into the final with a lot of confidence. Clezar was a little bit nervous and I took advantage of that. My technique was was great too, all my strokes were going in.
"I will get into a lot of tournaments next year. We have the Australian Open in January. It was great to win this title, because of the prize money and also climbing up the (Emirates ATP Rankings)."