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By Chris Oddo | Saturday February 10, 2018

Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas battled past Thiago Montiero to reach the final in Quito, where he'll face qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena.

Photo Source: Ecuador Open

For the first time since the inaugural Ecuador Open in 2015, there will be a champion not named Victor Estrella Burgos. The three-time champion saw his reign come to an end when he fell to Gerald Melzer in the second round.

Now it is up to a pair of Spaniards—one seeded second and the other a qualifier-to claim the title.

Qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena reached his first ATP final on Saturday by coming back to defeat fellow qualifier Andrej Martin, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The 24-year-old World No.107 has reached beyond the quarterfinals of an ATP event for the first time since he reached the semifinals at Casablanca in 2014.

Second-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeated Brazil’s Thiago Montiero, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4, to reach his sixth career final. The 30-year-old World No.21 improves to 2-0 lifetime against Montiero. He battled through a tough final set and claimed the only break point he saw in the decider to clinch his victory in two hours and 42 minutes. The Spaniard did not face a break point in the third set and he faced both break points he faced over the course of the match.

Ramos-Vinolas is 1-4 lifetime in finals, with five of his six trips to a title match coming on clay. He has gone 1-3 against players ranked lower than him in finals, and claimed his only title in 2016 when he defeated Fernando Verdasco in the Bastad final.


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