Pro Tennis Internet Network

Hanescu Clinches SF Spot At ATP Challenger Tour Finals

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Bedene© Agência InovafotoAljaz Bedene is 1-1 in Yellow Group round-robin action.

Romanian Victor Hanescu clinched his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi on Wednesday in Sao Paulo. He saved all three break points faced on serve and needed a break in each set for the one hour, 32-minute victory.

“It’s been a great start for me, I’m really happy,” said Hanescu. “I managed to play a lot better than the first day. It’s good to know I’m in the semi-finals, but I still have one match to play.”

Lorenzi still has a chance to advance to the semi-finals and will play Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his final round-robin match Thursday. “[Hanescu] was serving really well today,” said the Italian. “I didn’t have many chances but I think it was a good match. Let’s see what happens against Bedene.”

Bedene, who was edged out by Hanescu in two tie-break sets Tuesday, prevailed against Portugal’s Gastao Elias in a hard-fought Yellow Group round-robin match. He rallied from a break down in the third set for a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 victory in two hours and 26 minutes.

“It was hard to play against a friend like Gastao,” said Bedene. “I played better during the first set, but the tie-breaker in the second was bad. I was able to turn things around in the third and I knew he was tired, so I used that to play even better. It was an important match for me.”

Romanian Adrian Ungur moved to the top of the Green Group after defeating Argentine Guido Pella 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) in two hours and 27 minutes. Ungur had opened with a three-sets win over Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo on Tuesday.

Ramirez Hidalgo completed the day’s action with a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Brazilian Thiago Alves. The Spaniard failed to serve out the match at 5-4 and 6-5, double-faulting to concede a break each time before wrapping up the win in the tie-break. 

Alves had taken countryman Thomaz Bellucci’s place in the field after the top seed withdrew with a left shoulder injury earlier in the day.

The ATP Challenger Tour Finals features the top seven players in the 2012 ATP Year-To-Date Challenger Rankings (determined by players’ best 10 Challenger results of the season) plus one wild card in a round-robin tournament.

Singles Draw & Group Standings (PDF) | Official Tournament Website

Facebook Fans

Related Topics:

ATP Challenger Tour, Challenger

Search News

© Korean Tennis Association


Get Your ATP
Fan Credential

  • Insider News
  • Daily Results
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Ticket Offers

© Copyright 1994 - 2015 ATP Tour, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No part of this site may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any way or by any means (including photocopying, recording or storing it in any medium by electronic means), without the written permission of ATP Tour, Inc.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Enable Mobile