Murkel Dellien continues to grow in his short tennis career. The younger brother of Hugo Dellien, Bolivia’s number one racket, He won his first professional title on Sunday.
He became champion of the Quito Bicentennial Cup of Ecuador, an ITF World Tennis Tour tournament. In the final match of the tournament, he beat Peruvian Arklon Huertas del Pino: 7-6(1) and 6-3.
At 24 years old The tennis player from Beni entered the tournament as one of the favorites. It was played on the fields of Club Rancho San Francisco in the Ecuadorian capital.
To reach his goal he had a long way. In the first round he defeated the Brazilian Gabriel Pascotto (6-2 and 6-3); in the round of 16 he defeated Argentine Julián Giménez (6-4 and 6-1); in the quarterfinals he beat the Venezuelan Ricardo Rodríguez (6-3 and 7-5) and in the semifinals he beat the Brazilian Eduardo Ribeiro: 7-6(5) and 6-4.
The decisive duel was against Huertas del Pino, third seeded in the tournament. It was a fairly even match. especially the first set, but finally the national representative prevailed.
In this way won his first title in singles in his professional career.
In the pairs tournament He was very close to also taking the crown.
He formed the best duo with Huertas del Pino. In the first phase they eliminated the Argentine Thiago Cigarran and the Japanese Kosuke Ogura (6-3 and 6-1), andIn the quarters they defeated the Peruvian Jorge Panta and the Australian Kiranpal Pannu: 6-3 and 7-6(3) and in the “semis” they won against the Chileans Daniel Núñez and Sebastián Santibáñez: 6-1 and 7-6(4).
For the final they had as opponents the Brazilians Igor Giménez and Nicolas Zanellato, who kept the title after winning 6-2 and 7-6 (5).
In this modality Murkel has five championshipsall for the ITF World Tour: two in Rosario (this year) and in Lima, Ibagué and Wichita (2021).
Hugo lost in Italy
Hugo Dellien failed to advance to the second round of the Challenger in Forli, Italy. El Tigre de Moxos lost in its debut against the Italian Giulio Zeppieri 2-0 with partials of 7-6 and 6-3.