CHALLENGER WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT 2014
Challenger Weekly Spotlight: Reid Claims Maiden Title On Home Soil
by Josh Meiseles|
Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour as we applaud the achievements of those on the rise and look ahead to who’s in action in the week to come.
A LOOK BACK
Visit Panama Cup de Chitré: Wayne Odesnik snapped a three-match losing streak in ATP Challenger Tour finals, claiming the Chitre crown with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jimmy Wang. It was sweet revenge for the American, who was edged 7-5 in the fifth set by Wang in the Wimbledon first round last year. Odesnik overcame 18 aces, converting on his fifth match point to capture his seventh Challenger title. The Taiwanese falls to 5-8 in Challenger finals with the loss, seven years removed from his most recent title in Recanati.
Meanwhile, top seed Alejandro Falla continued his strong run of form in 2014, improving to 12-0 before withdrawing with a hamstring injury ahead of the quarter-finals. Falla captured consecutive titles to open the year in Noumea and Bucaramanga.
McDonald's Burnie International (Australia): Home favourite Matt Reid turned the tables on No. 4 seed Hiroki Moriya to claim his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title 6-3, 6-2 in Burnie. Ironically, Moriya had prevailed by the same score in Yokohama last November. In Saturday’s final, Reid fired six aces and saved all eight break points faced. The 23 year old, who won the doubles crown as well alongside John-Patrick Smith, will ascend to a career-high World No. 183 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Matt Reid overpowered Hiroki Moriya for his first Challenger title, in Burnie. Photo credit: Getty Images
What the Players are Saying
Odesnik: "It was a great tournament. I took advantage and qualified for the final. I appreciate everyone who came out because they made me feel at home and they treated me like one of their own. I hope to continue coming to Chitre."
Reid: "It's an amazing feeling. The funny thing is I actually won my first match in Burnie, so to win my first tournament here is pretty great...I was doing the basics well, and trying not to miss much while staying aggressive at the same time."
The ATP Challenger Tour returns to India after a six-year hiatus, with a three-week swing commencing in Chennai. Somdev Devvarman is the top seed and will be joined by Evgeny Donskoy, a six-time Challenger champion. Read more.
Meanwhile, the two-week Australian tour concludes in Adelaide where Reid could potentially face Moriya in the quarter-finals, in a rematch of the Burnie final. Top seed Bradley Klahn is coming off a title run in Maui a week ago.
At the $100k Challenger of Dallas, 15-time Challenger champion Michael Russell is accompanied by rising Americans Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek and Denis Kudla. Defending champ Rhyne Williams is seeded seventh.
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