Gstaad, Switzerland : Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci captured his first career ATP singles title Sunday with a straight-set victory over Andreas Beck of Germany in the final of the Swiss Open Gstaad.
Bellucci, who first had to qualify for the main field, notched a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) triumph. He had been to one ATP final previously, losing to Spain's Tommy Robredo in the Brasil Open title match back in February.
"For sure it was the best week of my career," Bellucci said. "I played unbelievably in three or four matches. So, for me, it was an incredible week...I served a little bit better than him, and he started the match a little bit slowly, and I was able to break serve. In the tie-break I didn't make any mistakes, and I think I played much better than him."
Sunday marked the first final for Beck, who had never before been to an ATP semifinal prior to this week's run.
"Of course I'm very disappointed," Beck said. "It's disappointing to lose 4-6, 6-7. But I have to give credit to Thomaz. He deserves to win since he was just the better player today. He made it very difficult for me."
Bellucci, who also beat Beck in the only previous meeting between the two last year in Tunisia, became the first Brazilian to win an ATP Tour title since Ricardo Mello in September 2004. He pocketed a first prize of $102,000.