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Sao Paulo Preview: Paolo Lorenzi

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Lorenzi© Getty ImagesLorenzi enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012.

Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi goes into the ATP Challenger Tour Finals having enjoyed the best season of his career aged 30. The second edition of the ATP Challenger Tour Finals is set to take place in Sao Paulo from 27 November to 1 December.

The right-handed Lorenzi has compiled a 37-10 match record on the ATP Challenger Tour this season, highlighted by reaching eight finals. He won two titles at Cordenons (d. Gimeno-Traver) and Medellin (d. Mayer).

“I’ve been playing really good on the Challenger Tour. I think it’s been my best season and I’m really happy for that,” Lorenzi told ATPWorldTour.com. “The level at Challenger events has been higher this season. The quality of the tournaments has been higher, so I’m really happy with that.”

Lorenzi this week reaches a career-high No. 63 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and attributes his improvement this season to being more aggressive on the court. “I’ve improved a lot because I was working a lot on my game. I’ve tried to be more aggressive, coming to the net more. I think that was the key to my results this year.”

The inaugural ATP Challenger Tour Finals was won last year by Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who built on his success to enjoy a sustained period on the ATP World Tour in 2012, including a quarter-final showing at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart (l. to Bellucci).

The eight-man field in Sao Paulo this year features Brazilian wild card Thomaz Bellucci, Victor Hanescu, Aljaz Bedene, Evgeny Donskoy, Guido Pella, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo and Lorenzi.

“The field in Sao Paulo is going to be very strong because there are a lot of good players,” said Lorenzi. “I think it will be a good tournament with a good standard.

“I’ve never been to Sao Paulo and I hope to win that week at the tournament. When you start tournaments, you always hope to win. I don’t know if I can do that, but after this season, which has been for me my best season, I have to do my best. The main thing for me is to enjoy this new Masters.”

With more improvement in his sights, the Siena native is hoping to transfer his success on the ATP Challenger Tour this season to good results at tour-level in 2013. “Next season I hope to play more ATP events,” said Lorenzi. “But also I will play again some good Challengers because some of the tournaments are really good and I would like to go back to those places.” 

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