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Challenger Weekly Spotlight: Fischer Captures First Title In Four Years

Fischer© AFP/Getty ImagesMartin Fischer claimed his second Challenger title with a comeback win over Tatsuma Ito in Kyoto.

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

All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships (Kyoto, Japan): Eighth-seed Martin Fischer won his first ATP Challenger Tour title in four years, rallying from an early deficit to upset home favourite and 2012 champion Tatsuma Ito 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the Kyoto final. The 27-year-old Austrian, previously a champion in Oberstaufen, Germany in 2010, fired 10 aces and converted on five of nine break point opportunities for the win. It was the second Challenger title for Austria in three weeks, after Gerald Melzer won in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

What the Players are Saying 

Fischer: "This was another one of those weeks where everything just fits together...It is the second Challenger title in my career and I am really happy.

"It was very difficult for me to gain a foothold in the match. He had an answer for everything and was stronger from the baseline. I just tried to break his rhythm."

They Tweeted It

Twitter@mfischer21 (Martin Fischer)
Very happy to get the title in #Kyoto. Thanks for all the support and nice messages! On my way home now! #longtrip pic.twitter.com/vO7xGapERn

@mchiudindelli33 (Marco Chiudinelli)
#snowing today in #kyoto...good luck to all the guys playing the outdoor future tournament in japan next week pic.twitter.com/I0muc3LpR7

WHAT'S AHEAD
World No. 27 Vasek Pospisil leads a strong field at the Irving Tennis Classic, held at the stunning Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas, Texas. Defending champion Jurgen Melzer was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury, but nine-time Challenger champion Denis Istomin and 47th-ranked Lukas Rosol are slated to compete. Federico Delbonis, who won his maiden ATP World Tour title in Sao Paulo a week ago, is also in the draw.
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In Kazan, Russia, top seed Michael Berrer seeks his 11th ATP Challenger Tour crown and is joined by Cherbourg breakout star Norbert Gombos and Kolkata champion Ilija Bozoljac. Sergei Bubka, who suffered multiple fractures in a four-story fall just 16 months ago, is competing in his first Challenger event of the year.
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