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Challenger Weekly Spotlight: Devvarman Wraps Indian Swing With Title

Melzer© Morelos OpenGerald Melzer won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title at the inaugural Morelos Open.

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.

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Astana Cup (Astana, Kazakhstan): Andrey Golubev (pictured right in blue shirt, photo credit: Tatyana Korolyova) Golubevclaimed 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.

DevvarmanSomdev 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

Twitter @jojomelzer (Jurgen Melzer)
So proud of my brother!!won his first challenger title today!!made my day!!!!!

@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna)
Huge shout out to Saketh and Sanam for back to back Challenger titles in Kolkata and Delhi. Big big effort boys. @sanamksingh

@SomdevD (Somdev Devvarman)
Great week in delhi ! Always love playing in India ! Thanks for the good wishes everyone !! pic.twitter.com/E5cn9KThqc

WHAT'S AHEAD
Kenny de Schepper leads a strong field at the Challenger La Manche, in Cherbourg, France. Joining the Frenchman are second seed Dustin Brown, No. 3 seed Daniel Evans and young guns Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Ricardas Berankis.
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The ATP Challenger Tour returns to Guangzhou, China, for a third edition. The event was previously held in 2008 and 2011. Four of the eight seeds are Japanese, with Go Soeda leading the way.

Meanwhile, in Salinas, Ecuador, fifth seed Gerard Melzer will look to win consecutive Challenger titles. American Jesse Witten, the 2006 runner-up, makes his 2014 debut.
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