Gonzalez tops Acasuso for Movistar title

Updated: February 8, 2009, 9:45 PM ET
Associated Press

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- Top-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile on Sunday defeated fourth-seeded Jose Acasuso of Argentina 6-1, 6-3 to win the Movistar Open for the fourth time.

It was the 11th career tournament title for the 29-year old Chilean defending champion.

"I think I've played some of the best matches in my career here and I am happy this happened in my country," said Gonzalez.

"The crowd was great and I thank them for a wonderful support. I think they are always a major headache for my rivals here," he added. "This is like a romance between me and the fans."

After a smooth first set for Gonzalez, Acasuso showed a reaction in the second set.

With the second set at 3-3, Gonzalez broke Acasuso's serve and then took advantage of a double fault by the Argentine to move ahead 5-3. He then held his serve to win the set and the match.

"I thank 'Chucho' Acasuso for letting me win at home," Gonzalez joked. "But seriously, he is good friend, a great player and a great human being."

Acasuso, the 2006 champion here, lamented that "I couldn't show my best tennis here this time."

Gonzalez is 8-2 against Acasuso.


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