CHALLENGER WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT 2014
Challenger Weekly Spotlight: Krajinovic Ends Title Drought In Vicenza
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
Internazionali di Tennis Citta' di Vicenza (Vicenza, Italy): Filip Krajinovic (pictured below, photo credit: Paola Ambrosetti) became the 11th first-time champion on the ATP Challenger Tour this year, winning his maiden title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over seventh seed Norbert Gombos. The 22 year old rebounded from a final defeat to Nick Kyrgios in Sarasota, overturning an 0-3 mark in title matches since making his Challenger debut six years ago.WHAT'S AHEAD
The grass-court season commences this week in Nottingham, with World No. 55 Igor Sijsling the top seed at the Aegon Trophy. Defending champion Matthew Ebden is seeded sixth, 2012 titlist Benjamin Becker is the No. 4 seed and 2011 champ Gilles Muller is seeking a fourth straight Challenger crown. Marcos Baghdatis, Nick Kyrgios and Ryan Harrison are dangerous unseeded floaters.
The Unicredit Czech Open, in Prostejov, is one of the crown jewels of the ATP Challenger Tour. For the 15th consecutive year, all seeded players are in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Three-time champion Radek Stepanek (2003-04, 2013) is seeded first, with Robin Haase, Lukas Rosol and Bradley Klahn also in action. The first round matchup between Stepanek and Facundo Arguello is a rematch of their first round encounter just last week at Roland Garros, won by the Czech in five sets.
The six-week Italian clay-court swing enters the second leg, with home favourites Paolo Lorenzi and Filippo Volandri leading the charge in Mestre. Facundo Bagnis, who stunningly won his first Grand Slam match with a 18-16 fifth set against Julien Benneteau at Roland Garros, is seeded seventh.
Last year's BRD Arad Challenger final had an all-Romanian flair with Adrian Ungur prevailing over Marius Copil. Both competitors have returned to Arad this year. Ungur opens against 2010 champion David Guez and Pere Riba is the top seed.
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