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Alarcon Battles To Ecuador Open Success

Brazilian outsider Rafael F Alarcon concluded a trio of upsets in the Ecuador Open to win the title after battling to a dramatic five-game victory over Mexican Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira in the climax of the $21,500 PSA World Tour squash event at the Quito Tenis Y Golf Club in the Ecuador capital Quito.

The 32-year-old from Sao Paulo ousted second-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the quarter-finals before despatching Mexican Eric Galvez, the third seed, in the semis.

Fourth seed Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira had reached the final for the second year in a row – and was hoping for his first title success.

And the 26-year-old world No58 from Mexico City took a 2/1 lead and looked to be heading for victory in the fourth.

But seventh seed Alarcon clinched the tie-break to force the match into a fifth-game decider.

Alarcon triumphs

Alarcon triumphs

“The fifth and final game was all about the mental strength; this is where Alarcon made the difference,” explained tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz.

The underdog played precisely and wore out his opponent – rescuing every single ball and playing a succession of winners before celebrating his stunning 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 win after 79 minutes.

Alarcon’s triumph marks the 13th PSA Tour title of his career – and the fourth over the past three months after successes in the Paraguay Open in Asuncion in June, the Ponta Grossa-Parana Open in his home land in August, and in the Peru Open in Lima last month

Final:
[7] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [4] Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX) 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7 (79m)

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Quarter-finals:
[Q] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt Mateo Guarderas (ECU) 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)
[4] Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX) bt [8] Robin Clarke (CAN) 10-12, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 (47m)
[3] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Bernardo Samper (COL) 11-7, 11-4, 1-11, 11-9 (52m)
[7] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [2] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-5, 16-14, 11-8 (44m)

Semi-finals:
[4] Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira (MEX) bt [Q] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (22m)
[7] Rafael F Alarcon (BRA) bt [3] Eric Galvez (MEX) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (38m)

Rafael Romps Into Ecuador Open Final

Brazilian outsider Rafael F Alarcon stunned the crowds at the Quito Tenis Y Golf Club when he secured his second successive straight-game upset in the Ecuador Open to reach the final of the $21,500 PSA World Tour squash event in the Ecuador capital Quito.

The 32-year-old from Sao Paulo ousted second-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-5, 16-14, 11-8 in the quarter-finals in his first Tour victory over his South American rival in more than three years.

But there was no stopping the No7 seed in the semis when he faced third seed Eric Galvez – and denied the event an all-Mexican final by despatching the world No41, ranked 23 places higher, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 in 38 minutes.

Alarcon is rediscovering the form which saw him reach a career-high 36 in December 2006.  The world No64 is celebrating the 19th Tour final of his career – and looking for his third title triumph this year.

His opponent in the final will be Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira, the fourth seed from Mexico City who ended Leandro Romiglio’s run in just 22 minutes, beating the Argentina qualifier 11-3, 11-8, 11-4.

It marked the end of a fine run by Romiglio, an 18-year-old from Mar Del Plata in only his fourth appearance in a PSA Tour event.

But it takes Baltazar Ferreira into the Quito final for the second year in a row – and moves the 28-year-old into the 13th Tour final of his career.

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