CHALLENGER WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT 2014
Challenger Weekly Spotlight: Devvarman Wraps Indian Swing With Title
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
ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open (New Delhi, India): Home fans were delighted to see Somdev Devvarman, Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh put a bow on the Indian swing with singles and doubles titles in the capital city of New Delhi. Second seed Devvarman did not relinquish a set all week, defeating top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-1 in the final. It was the 29 year old’s third Challenger crown and first in four years. For Myneni and Singh, it was their second doubles title in as many weeks after winning in Kolkata.
Astana Cup (Astana, Kazakhstan): Andrey Golubev (pictured right in blue shirt, photo credit: Tatyana Korolyova) claimed his third title on home soil in Astana, defeating Gilles Muller 6-4, 6-4 in the final at the National Tennis Centre. It was Golubev’s sixth Challenger crown overall and first in Astana since 2009 when he denied Illya Marchenko. The Kazakh also won in 2008. Muller, meanwhile, was competing in just his fourth tournament since Roland Garros last year after suffering a setback in his recovery from a stress fracture in his left elbow.
Morelos Open (Cuernavaca, Mexico): Gerald Melzer, younger brother of five-time ATP World Tour titlist Jurgen Melzer, captured his maiden Challenger trophy at the inaugural Morelos Open. The Austrian defeated top seed Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-4 in the final and did not relinquish more than four games in a set all week. Melzer will rise 42 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a career-high No. 153.Somdev Devvarman (pictured right) became the second player to win on home soil during the Indian swing after Yuki Bhambri claimed the trophy in Chennai. Photo credit: ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open 2014
What the Players are Saying
Devvarman: “I don't remember when the last time I won a match losing just 10 points on my serve. I had never won without dropping a set, so it is definitely one of my best performances.
“Tennis is a brutal sport. In a main draw 31 players go losing and only one wins. It’s not easy. So whenever I win, I enjoy it, I cherish it. And I am happy to have played and won in India.”
Nedovyesov: “He (Devvarman) played the way he plays. I tried to be aggressive and when you do that, you can make mistakes as I did. But it was a good week for me. I won some good matches. I am satisfied.”
They Tweeted It
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