2015 Vancouver, Cordenons and Meerbusch Challenger Recaps Chris De Waard, Tennis Atlantic
Strange times on the Challenger circuit. Last week I wrote about how all the seeds in Aptos made it to the quarterfinals. This time it was the exact opposite in Vancouver, with none of the seeds managing to get there. The top half only started with two of them to begin with, as #5 Go Soeda and #6 Kyle Edmund withdrew before their first round matches. Third seed Ernests Gulbis pulled off what perhaps is the biggest contrast ever in back to back weeks. After reaching the quarterfinal of the Montreal 1000 tournament, missing two match points against world number one Novak Djokovic, he lost in the first round here to Iliya Marchenko, 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2).
Dudi Sela came out as the winner in the top half, although it didn’t come easy. He survived his first three matches 6-4 7-6(3), 6-7(4) 7-5 1-0 ret. and 6-4 6-7(4) 6-4. His semi-final against Yuki Bhambri was a lot more convincing, 6-2 6-4. In the bottom half qualifier Daniel Evans, who slipped to #417 in the rankings, showed he might be on the way back to his old form, which saw him reach the top 125 in early 2014. He beat Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-1 in the first round, after which he saved five match points in a remarkable comeback against seventh seed Taro Daniel, coming back from *0-5 down in the third set to win 4-6 6-3 7-6(6). An equally remarkable win followed in the quarterfinal against Brydan Klein, 7-6(1) 6-7(7) 6-0. John-Patrick Smith was too strong in the semi-final, however, beating Klein 4-6 6-2 6-3.
Sela just edged out the final in two tight sets, 6-4 7-5. It meant his fourth Vancouver title and eighteenth Challenger titles, which are incredible numbers. Not only that, the victory put him back inside of the top 100 at exactly #100, rising thirty spots. Smith rose to a career high ranking of #121, rising fifteen spots.
There were little results that can be marked as shocking. Perhaps one in the quarterfinal, where top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas lost to sixth seed Roberto Carballes Baena, 4-6 6-2 6-3. His semi-final opponent was Adrian Ungur, who beat fourth seed Kenny De Schepper 6-4 7-6(7) in the quarterfinal. Ungur also beat Carballes Baena in the semi-final, 4-6 6-4 6-2. Perhaps I should retract my earlier statement, because the bottom half had two results that were pretty shocking. Second seed Paolo Lorenzi double bageled Pedja Krstin in the first round, with Filip Krajinovic doing the same against Erik Crepaldi in the second round. They faced each other in the semi-final, with Krajinovic winning 7-6(5) 6-4.
The final was a high quality affair and turned out to be an entertaining fight. Unfortunately it ended on a down note, with Krajinovic winning after retirement in the third set, 5-7 6-4 4-1, claiming his second title of the year and fourth overall. The problem lay in Ungur’s upper right leg. There was one absolutely spectacular rally in the second set which is a must watch, see the video attached below. Krajinovic rose twenty-two spots to #98, while Ungur rose eighty-one spots to #246.
Top seed Andreas Haider-Maurer started the tournament rusty, needing three sets against qualifier Philipp Davydenko, but after that he started to get into his groove, not dropping another set on his way to the final. In the semi-final he dispatched third seed Facundo Arguello 6-4 6-4. In the bottom half the ever erratic second seed Dustin Brown got upset by Marek Michalicka in the second round, 2-6 6-3 6-1. Pere Riba took advantage, beating Michalicka 7-5 6-3 for a place in the semi-final. There he met Carlos Berlocq, who was having his first good run in ages, having struggled with injury for a good part of the year. Berlocq was clearly too strong for Riba, 6-3 6-3. In the final Haider-Maurer continued his great run of form, however, once again not dropping a set to win the match 6-2 6-4, claiming the ninth Challenger title of his career. He also rose to #52 in the rankings, an improvement of nine spots. Berlocq rose ten spots to #141. And as if the ATP felt Haider-Maurer’s title coming, they released their ATP World Tour Uncovered video about him a couple of days prior to his victory.
2014 Vancouver, Cortina, Segovia and Liberec Challengers Recap
ATP Challenger Tour
Top seed Marcos Baghdatis lived up to his seeding and took the title after a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over fourth seed Farrukh Dustov in the final. In the semi-final he barely managed to get by Ruben Bemelmans, as the latter missed two match points and succumbed in the third set tiebreak. Despite being ranked 105th this result doesn’t bring Baghdatis back into the top 100, as he defended 90 points from his Washington quarter final of last year.
Filip Krajinovic took down the title after a gruelling battle with surprise finalist Federico Gaio, who entered the tournament on a wild card. Krajinovic had to battle extremely hard for the entire tournament, with a 6-4 7-5 victory being his most comfortable win of the week, which saw him play three three set matches, including one against Viktor Troicki in the semi-final.
Adrian Mannarino won a blow-out final against Menendez-Maceiras in which he even dished out a second set bagel: 6-3 6-0. Menendez-Maceiras was on the giving end of a second set bagel in his semi-final match against second seed Kudryavtsev: 7-6(4) 6-0. Mannarino’s biggest sweat surprisingly came in the second round against qualifier Frederico Ferreira Silva, the only match in which he needed three sets to take it down. This result means that Mannarino is back in the top 100, he jumped sixteen spots to #85.
Top favorite Pablo Cuevas didn’t withdraw as I expected, but he wasn’t fit and fell in the second round to Tsung-Hua Yang. Unseeded Andrej Martin became the surprise of the tournament by winning the final against fourth seed Horacio Zeballos: 1-6 6-1 6-4. Earlier in the tournament Martin had already beaten Steve Darcis and second seed Blaz Rola.
2014 Vancouver, Cortina, Segovia and Liberec ATP Challenger Previews Chris De Waard, Tennis East Coast
From the editor: Flying dutchman writer Chris De Waard, a future journalism student at university, who covered the Sport1 Open Challenger for us a couple of weeks ago, is joining our team here at Tennis East Coast as our ATP challenger Tour correspondent.
Please give Chris a warm welcome by taking a look at his first batch of ATP Challenger Tour Previews for the events this week. Chris will be providing his insight on the ATP Challenger Tour with weekly previews and recaps and the occasional special coverage. He may also be joining me for ATP World Tour bracketology in the future.
Apologies on the late posting. Our editors keep a busy schedule these days-Steen Kirby.
2014 Vancouver, Cortina, Segovia and Liberec Challengers Previews
Four Challenger events are on the schedule for this week, equally divided between clay and hardcourt. The Odlum Brown Vancouver Open in Canada will be played on hardcourt, as well as the Open Castilla y Leon-Villa de El Espinar in Spain. The Svijany Open and International Tennis Tournament of Cortina are both on clay and will be played in the Czech Republic (Liberec) and Italy, respectively.
Odlum Brown Vancouver Open
ATP Challenger Tour
July 28 – August 3
Prize Money: $100,000
Seeds (ATP ranking in parentheses)
1: Marcos Baghdatis (104)
2: Jimmy Wang (126)
3: Ante Pavic (140)
4: Farrukh Dustov (144)
5: Daniel Evans (147)
6: James Ward (150)
7: Hiroki Moriya (151)
8: Alex Bogomolov Jr. (165)
The last direct acceptance is Yoshihito Nishioka, ranked 252nd. A special mention goes out to South African wild card Rik de Voest, who will be playing his final tournament here. In his career, which stretched sixteen years, he reached the 110th ranking spot in singles and managed to win two ATP titles in doubles.
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21 year old Daniel plays the big majority of his tournaments on clay, so it will be interesting to see how his game will hold up on a hard court. He faces 20 year old Australian Thompson, who had a good showing at the Lexington Challenger last week, where he reached the second round in qualifying, falling to the eventual winner James Duckworth in a relatively tight match. Earlier this year, he made a name for himself on the biggest stage, when he won the first two sets against Jerzy Janowicz in the first round of the Australian Open, but eventually fell in five sets.
(2) Jimmy Wang – (SE) Thanasi Kokkinakis
18 year old Kokkinakis is steadily climbing the rankings, going from his starting position outside of the top 600 to his current ranking of #216. His semi-final at the Lexington Challenger last week was another boost for the young Australian, who just as Thompson fell to Duckworth. He made his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open this year, beating Sijsling and falling to Nadal in the next round, which must have been a major experience for him. He has an unfortunate draw this week against second seed Jimmy Wang, who comes of a third round at Wimbledon and an ATP 250 QF in Bogota. Nevertheless, Kokkinakis might well pull off the upset here.
Despite his obvious decline, it’s hard to look past top seed Baghdatis here. I can’t see anyone threatening him. His road to the semi-final will likely consist of John-Patrick Smith, Chase Buchanan and fifth seed Daniel Evans. Evans disappointed last week with a straight set loss to Vincent Millot in the first round of the Lexington Challenger, so he might well fall again against Thompson or Daniel.
The second quarter contains seeds Ante Pavic and Alex Bogomolov Jr. Bogomolov has been struggling with injury for a while now, so it’s difficult to predict where he is at. The best pick to make the SF here therefore is Pavic, since I can’t see any of the non-seeds make an impact here either. Pavic did his ranking a big favor by reaching second rounds at Wimbledon and Newport after qualifying. He now finds himself at a career high ranking of #138.
Seventh seed Moriya must be happy to be back in Canada, where he won a Challenger title two weeks ago in Granby. He now finds himself in the top 150 for the first time in his career. The other seed in this quarter is Dustov, who I predict to come through to the semi-final after facing Williams, Collarini and Moriya.
The fourth quarter is the most difficult to predict in my eyes, because second seed Wang might well lose to Kokkinakis in the first round. Sixth seed Ward made the final of the Lexington Challenger last week, where he beat Odesnik comfortably in the semi-final. They are projected to meet again in the second round here and I can’t imagine a different outcome. I think the first round match between Wang and Kokkinakis will determine who makes the semi-final here.
Baghdatis def. Pavic
Wang def. Dustov
I had to pick someone here, so I went with the very slight favorite of the Wang – Kokkinakis match to come through to the semi-final. But don’t be surprised if Kokkinakis ends up at this spot.
Baghdatis def. Wang
Just like the Kokkinakis – Wang match, this is basically anyone’s call. Expect it to go to three sets. They have played each other once, an astonishing eight years ago at the ATP tournament of Beijing, with Baghdatis coming through in straight sets.
ATP Challenger Tour
July 28 – August 3
Prize Money: €42,500
Seeds (ATP ranking in parentheses)
1: Adrian Mannarino (101)
2: Alexander Kudryavtsev (149)
3: Marsel Ilhan (152)
4: Gregoire Burquier (169)
5: Marco Chiudinelli (173)
6: Konstantin Kravchuk (177)
7: Ilija Bozoljac (179)
8: Adrian Menendez-Meceiras (195)
The last direct acceptance is David Rice, ranked 323rd. Don’t be fooled by the fact that this tournament is played in Spain. It will be played on hardcourt. Former top 40 player Florent Serra, who is now ranked well outside of the top 300, managed to qualify. 18 year old Chilean Christian Garin received a wild card and is surely a player to keep an eye on for the coming years. He also might create some waves in this tournament in the present day.
First round match-ups to watch
(7) Ilija Bozoljac – Daniel Munoz-De La Nava
I personally love matches between two erratic players and this will certainly deliver in that department. Two weeks ago Bozoljac reached the final of an Italian Challenger, only to lose 6-1 6-0 to Ilhan in his next tournament, which tells you all you should know. Munoz-De La Nava is cut out of the same wood. He can clean up everyone on the Challenger circuit on a good day, but is just as likely to lose against seemingly-worse opponents.
Top seed Adrian Mannarino is the obvious pick to go through to the semi-final. The former top 50 player has slipped a bit in the rankings, but is on the verge of entering the top 100 again, which might well happen after this tournament. To reach the semi-final he’ll have to go through Angelinos, Obry and seventh seed Bozoljac, which seems easily doable for Mannarino.
In the second quarter, two veterans will probably fight for a spot in the semi-final, with 30 year old fourth seed Burquier projected to play 32 year old fifth seed Marco Chiudinelli. I think Chiudinelli is the better hardcourt of the two and will advance. Nevertheless, a quarter final would be enough for Burquier to reach a career high ranking, despite his advanced age.
In the bottom half, Marsel Ilhan will be the player to beat. Ilhan just reached a Challenger final last week in Astana and will be looking to continue this run. The main threat in this section will probably come from 19 year old Kyle Edmund, who has it in him to upset Ilhan. Edmund reached the semi-final of the Astana Challenger last week, losing to eventual winner Berankis.
In the final quarter, it’s hard to look past second seed Kudryavtsev, unless Garin gets inspired and decides it’s time to notch up an important hardcourt victory. I see Garin as a bigger threat than sixth seed Kravchuk, so it will probably be between him and Kudryavtsev for a place in the semi-final.
Mannarino def. Chiudinelli
Ilhan def. Kudryavtsev
Mannarino and Ilhan are clearly ahead of the pack for me in this tournament. The only variation I can see in this line-up is Garin instead of Kudryavtsev, but that won’t change the outcome of the semi-final.
Mannarino def. Ilhan
Tough for Ilhan to come up second twice in a row, but Mannarino is simply the better player and will be very motivated to return into the top 100 once again.
The last direct acceptance is Elias Ymer, ranked 310th. Well known Belgian Steve Darcis has received a wild card and will play third seed Bagnis in the first round. At the time I wrote this piece, there was no confirmation of Cuevas withdrawing, but I’m going to assume he will, since I can’t imagine him playing a Challenger right after winning his first two ATP titles.
First round match-ups to watch
(3) Facundo Bagnis – (WC) Steve Darcis
This might turn out to be a really unlucky draw for Bagnis, who faces former top 40 player Darcis, who is on the comeback trail after a long period of injury troubles. This all started during his Wimbledon victory over Nadal, in which he attracted an shoulder injury which forced him to withdraw from the next round. In his previous tournament, a Futures event, he reached the final, and prior to that he fell in a close three set match to Zeballos at a Challenger, so he is ready for the challenge.
(7) Michal Przysiezny – Mohamed Safwat
Przysiezny has been on a freefall through the rankings because of his spectacular losing streak at the ATP level. He started the year in the top 70 and has now dropped to the 145th spot. For now, going a step lower hasn’t helped, since he lost to world number 831 Gibril Diarra in the second round of the Oberstaufen Challenger last week. Safwat might well be able to take out the seeded player here.
With Cuevas presumably out, this is a perfect opportunity for sixth seed Gombos to advance to the semi-final, which he will probably manage. In the second quarter, Zeballos might be eliminated by his countryman Arguello. Zeballos has been looking very shaky in his last couple of tournaments and seems to be lacking fitness and confidence, which Arguello is well capable of taking advantage.
This looks to be much more open than the top half, with unseeded Martin being a good bet to reach the semi-final. He will probably be battling it out with the winner of Darcis – Bagnis for that spot. For now. I’m going to say that Darcis has shaken off the rust and is ready to make a big run here.
In the final quarter, second seed Blaz Rola seems a solid bet. Perhaps 18 year old Elias Ymer can trouble him, who recently has been making some steps in the rankings and recently notched up his first ATP victory at Bastad. It’s currently not wise to expect anything from the other seed in this section, Przysiezny.
Gombos def. Arguello
Rola def. Darcis
Gombos defeated Arguello in straight sets a couple of tournaments ago and I can’t see that being any different this time around. Darcis will have a great confidence boost here, but Rola is a top 100 opponent, which is just a bit too much at the moment.
Rola def. Gombos
Rola will finally notch up a Challenger win on clay after missing out in three prior finals this year. This result will also give both players a career high ranking.
ATP Challenger Tour
July 28 – August 3
Prize Money: €42,500
Seeds (ATP ranking in parentheses)
1: Daniel Gimeno-Traver (89)
2: Simone Bolelli (108)
3: Peter Gojowczyk (116)
4: Andreas Beck (118)
5: Filippo Volandri (119)
6: Victor Hanescu (129)
7: Filip Krajinovic (134)
8: Adrian Ungur (159)
The last direct acceptance is Alessandro Giannessi, ranked 296th. Second seed Simone Bolelli withdrew after winning the Oberstaufen Challenger. Qualifier Virgili takes his spot in the draw. Victor Troicki qualified and plays the unlucky sixth seed Hanescu in the first round. Third seed Gojowczyk also withdrew, with LL Trusendi taking his spot.
First round match-ups to watch
(1) Daniel Gimeno-Traver – Borna Coric
Talk about unlucky, the #1 seed must hate this draw. 17 year old Coric just had his breakthrough tournament at ATP 250 Umag, where he reached the QF and lost in three sets to Fognini. While Coric is coming in on a high, Gimeno-Traver had a painful loss against world number 212 Yann Marti in the first round of Gstaad. It’s a very rare scenario to see in a first round, but I think the #1 seed is actually the slight underdog here.
(6) Victor Hanescu – (Q) Viktor Troicki
A battle between the former world number 26, Hanescu and 12, Troicki, a rare sight on the Challenger tour. The reason for Troicki’s ranking drop is well known, a highly controversial doping ban. Hanescu’s drop can be simply explained by the fact that he’s 33 and declining. Their last match on clay in 2009 ended in an easy 6-3 6-3 victory for Troicki and I expect a similar score line here.
Potito Starace – Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo
This one is for the real purists, a battle between two veteran grinders with vintage clay court games. Starace at 33 is a youngster compared to RRH, who at 36 is still defending his title as the most aesthetically pleasing moonballer of all time. Recently, RRH notched up his 350th win on the Challenger circuit, making him the player with the most all time wins by a large margin. #2 Lu is trailing him by a little over sixty wins. Their head to head is 5-2 in RRH’s favor and I expect this match to go his way as well.
Like I said, I expect Coric to triumph over the #1 seed Gimeno-Traver in the first round, after which he will most likely have a really interesting meeting with Troicki in the quarter final. That match will be a coin flip. In the second quarter, I expect Krajinovic to exceed his ranking and reach the semi-final after upsetting Beck in the quarter final. I can’t see any of the non-seeds changing this outcome.
This half is wide open after Bolelli and Gojowczyk withdrew and is pretty much impossible to call. The other two seeds, Volandri and Ungur, aren’t reliable enough to make this a clear cut case in their favor. Ungur has only reached one QF in his previous six Challengers and Volandri followed a similar path this year, racking up an awful 1-16 record on the main tour. I’m inclined to predict some surprises here. This is a big opportunity for a lot of guys.
19 year old wild card Stefano Napolitano might be the man to do it and give his career an enormous boost. In the final quarter, despite everything, I still favor Ungur to come through, but like I said, anything can happen and not a single scenario would surprise me.
Coric def. Krajinovic
Ungur def. Napolitano
I let Coric get through against Troicki because I feel like he is extremely confident at the moment and has the attacking game to break through Troicki’s defense. I actually believe that their match is the real final, if Troicki wins he will win the tournament as well.
Ungur gets a really lucky break and after a minor slump suddenly finds himself in a final without having faced high ranked opponents. In the final, he will be outclassed in straight sets by a superior opponent. So, naturally:
July 2013 Challenger Recap: Haider-Maurer, Huta Galung and Gonzalez Take Two; Veterans Mayer, Russell, Volandri, Sela and Becker Win Titles; Vesely, Carreno-Busta Continue Strong Play
Braunschweig Challenger (July 1-July 7, 2013)
Top seed Florian Mayer beat Jiri Vesely on German clay in three sets for the title. Maximo Gonzalez fell to Mayer in the semis, while Filip Krajinovic lost to Vesely.
Manta Challenger (July 1-July 7, 2013)
Top seed Michael Russell was the lone American to head down to South America for a hard court challenger and it paid off. He took the title over Aussie Greg Jones in three sets. Alejandro Gonzalez was a semifinalist, and Facundo Arguello was the other semifinalist.
Portoroz Challenger (July 1-July 7, 2013)
Top seed Grega Zemlja defeated Martin Fischer in straight sets to win the hard court challenger in Slovenia. Aljaz Bedene lost to Zemlja in three sets in the semis, while Fischer beat Adrian Menendez.
Timisoara Challenger (July 1-July 7, 2013)
On Romanian clay, Andreas Haider-Maurer took out veteran Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo in three sets for the trophy. Haider-Maurer beat Victor Crivoi in the semis, while RRH knocked out qualifier Milijan Zekic.
Todi Challenger (July 1-July 7, 2013)
Pere Riba won in three over Santiago Giraldo to earn the Italian clay challenger championship. He beat home fave Paolo Lorenzi in the semis, while Giraldo beat Thomas Fabiano, who en route to the semis took out top seed Albert Ramos.
Beijing Challenger (July 8-July 14, 2013)
Top seed Rendy Lu defeated 2nd seed Go Soeda to take another hard court challenger winner in Asia. Lu beat Hiroki Kondo in the semis, while Soeda beat Ze Zhang.
Istanbul Challenger (July 8-July 14, 2013)
Veteran Benjamin Becker would defeat fellow veteran Dudi Sela for the hard court honors in Turkey. The 32 year old remains right on the cusp of the top 100 and he beat Adrian Menendez in the semis, a win that was Menendez’s second straight semifinal showing. Sela defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili, another vet, in the other semi.
San Benedetto Challenger (July 8-July 14, 2013)
Andrej Martin defeated another in form player, Joao Sousa, on clay in Italy for the honors. The 23 year old Slovak, Martin is up to a career high in the rankings and is inside the top 130. He beat Stefano Travaglia, a wild card, in the semis, while top seed Sousa beat an in-form Thomas Fabbiano.
Scheveningen Challenger (July 8-July 14, 2013)
Jesse Huta Galung has roared back to his career high of 110 in the world, and was propelled by a victory at home on clay in an all Dutch final as he took out top seed Robin Haase to win. He did so in three sets after beating Marc Gicquel in 3 sets, while Haase beat Thomas Schoorel, a Dutch wild card. Haase has had a solid July.
Binghamton Challenger (July 15-July 21, 2013)
In the race for the US Open Wildcard, Alex Kuznetsov, who won the French edition of the wild card challenge, took another early lead on hard courts this time. He beat Bradley Klahn for the title and did so in three sets. AK beat Rhyne Williams in the semis, while Klahn beat Austin Krajicek.
Eskisehir Challenger (June 15-June 21, 2013)
“David Goffin won a tennis tournament” was the reaction of one noted tennis tweeter, as the Young Belgian did in fact beat Marsel Ilhan in three for the title. After a rough year, it was good to see D Goff have a week of success. He slayed Marco Chiudinelli in the semis, while Ilhan beat Teymuraz Gabashvili, who continues his solid showings in select hard court challengers.
Granby Challenger (July 15-July 21, 2013)
In Quebec on hard courts, Frank Dancevic defeated Lukas Lacko in three sets for the home nation prize, and previously beat Philip Bester in an All-Canadian semi, while Lacko beat Hiroki Moriya. Bester upset 2 seed Nicolas Mahut, who was coming off the ATP Newport title, en route to the semis.
Poznan Challenger (July 15-July 21, 2013)
In Poland on clay, Andreas Haider-Maurer would win title number 2 for the month of July. This time, it was in three over Damir Dzumhur. AHM beat Pablo Carreno-Busta in the semis, while Dzumhur, who upset 2 seed Guillaume Rufin in the opening round, beat Stephane Robert in the semis.
Recanati Challenger (July 15-July 21, 2013)
On hard courts in Italy, Italian Thomas Fabbiano would finally break through, defeating David Guez for the title. He knocked out Albano Olivetti in the semis, while Guez beat the continually well performing Adrian Menendez.
Astana Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
Dudi Sela picked up a chunk of change and 110 points for going out of his way to Kazakhstan to win a hard court challenger. He did so over Kazak Mikhail Kukushkin in a 3rd set tiebreak. Sela beat Konstantin Kravchuk in the semis while Kuku beat Andrey Golubev in a three setter.
Guimaraes Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
Joao Sousa won at home on hard courts in Portugal, in straights over Marius Copil. Sousa beat Flavio Cipolla in the semis, while Copil beat the well named qualifier Andres Artunedo Martinavarr, a 19 year old ranked inside the top 400 now. He upset Benjamin Becker, the 2 seed, en route to the semis.
Lexington Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
In Lexington, Kentucky, on hard, Brit James Ward would surprise in three over James Duckworth, the promising Aussie. Ward beat Filip Peliwo, a promising Canadian in the semis, while Ducky beat Bradley Klahn, who added to his US Open Wild Card Challenge points total. He has a final and a semi to his name.
Medellin Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
In Colombia on clay, Alejandro Gonzalez would win his first of two titles this month in straights of Guido Andreozzi, after beating Victor Estrella in the semis. Andreozzi beat Carlos Salamanca.
Oberstaufen Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
In Germany on clay, Guillaume Rufin, who otherwise hasn’t made much noise, took the title over Peter Gojowczyk. Rufin beat Dominik Meffert in the semis, while Gojo beat Oleksandr Nedovyesov. Top seed JL Struff lost to qualifier Thiago Monteiro in an opening round upset.
Orbetello Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
Fillipo Volandri won on clay in Italy over Pere Riba, who had a great month. Volandri beat Roberto Carballes Baena in the semis, while Riba took out Pablo Carreno-Busta in what was the Spaniards second semi of July.
Tampere Challenger (July 22-July 28, 2013)
In Tampere, Finland on clay, Jesse Huta Galung would win again, this time over Maxime Teixeira, while previously beating Jurgen Zopp in the semis. The other semifinalist, Blaz Rola of Ohio State, lost to Teixeira.
Liberec Challenger (July 27-August 4, 2013)
Jiri Vesely beat Federico Del Bonis in three sets for the title this week on clay in the Czech Republic. Both Del Bonis and Vesely are on the rise, and a red hot Pere Riba, along with Blaz Kavcic, were the semifinal losers.
Sao Paulo-3 Challenger (July 29-August 4, 2013)
The third challenger held in or around Sao Paulo, Brazil, this one on clay, would be one by Alejandro Gonzalez over Eduardo Schwank. Schwank used a protected ranking and used it well to make the final after beating Jose Hernandez in the semis, while Gonzalez beat Blaz Rola, who made his second straight semifinal in a challenger.
Segovia Challenger (July 29-August 4, 2013)
Pablo Carreno-Busta would take another title in what has been a record setting year, winning over Albano Olivetti on hard courts in Spain in front of home fans. PCB handled Marco Chiudinelli in the semis, while Olivetti defeated wildcard Roberto Ortega-Olmedo.
Vancouver Challenger (July 29-August 4, 2013)
In Vancouver, Vasek Pospisil, a British Columbia resident, would save three match points to defeat Dan Evans in an up and down three sets. Vashy previously beat Jimmy Wang in the semis, while Evans beat Bobby Reynolds. Evans is at a career high ranking now, while Pospisil took his second challenger title this year.