ATP titles for Almagro, Schwartzman, Kohlschreiber

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Spaniard Nicolas Almagro sprays champagne as he celebrates his victory over compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta at the Millennium Estoril Open; Getty Images

Nicolas Almagro recovered from a set down to beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-3 and win the Millennium Estoril Open on Sunday.

Almagro claimed his 13th career title – all of which have come on clay – and his first since Nice in 2012.

The 30-year-old Spaniard hit 12 aces and converted five of 19 break chances to beat the eighth-seeded Carreno Busta.

In the semifinals Almagro overcame No.2 seed Nick Kyrgios in straght sets and earlier in the tournament beat fourth seed and local favourite Joao Sousa.

Schwartzman triumphs in bizarre circumstances

Unseeded Diego Schwartzman staged a stunning comeback to upset second-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 6-0 and claim his maiden ATP Tour title at the Istanbul Open.

Playing his first final, the Argentine was trailing 5-2 in the second set before winning four straight games.

Schwartzman failed to serve the set out but prevailed in the tiebreaker, before dominating the third set with three breaks and completing the victory in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

Yet it was not a conventional victory; Dimitrov smashed three racquets on his way to conceding the final.

The Bulgarian received a warning for smashing his first racquet early in the third set before doing it again soon after. Then, when trailing 5-0 in the third, Dimitrov broke another racquet when at deuce in the sixth game, resulting in a match-ending penalty.

In his best week on the tour, Schwartzman knocked out top-seeded Bernard Tomic in the second round before saving a match point in the quarterfinals against Damir Dzumhur.

In the semifinals, he upset fourth-seeded Federico Delbonis.

It was the eighth final for Dimitrov who has won four titles, the last one at Queen’s Club in London in 2014.

Dimitrov said he had cramp when he was close to taking the second set.

“It was very unfortunate that I couldn’t close out the match,” Dimitrov said. “I have to give credit to Diego.”

Kohlschreiber downs Thiem in Munich

German Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated third seed Dominic Thiem in a thrilling three-set final to claim his third BMW Open in Munich.

The 32-year-old beat the Austrian – 10 years his junior – 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(4) .

“Unbelievable. Great story the whole week. Great performance. Huge final … I’m very happy and pleased with my performance,” Kohlschreiber said.

“I think it was another great final in Munich.”

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