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Norbert Gombos lifts the trophy at the Orleans Challenger.

Gombos Finds Winning Formula In Orleans

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
Open d'Orleans (Orleans, France): Last year, Norbert Gombos finished runner-up to Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Orleans final. On Sunday, the fourth seed went one step further, claiming the title at the prestigious $150,000 event with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 win over another Frenchman - Julien Benneteau. Gombos will rise to a career-high No. 80 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, having notched his fifth ATP Challenger Tour title and first in nearly one year.

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BFD Challenger (Rome, Italy): The 2017 season has become the year of the Serbian on the ATP Challenger Tour. Filip Krajinovic secured a tour-leading 10th title for the European nation with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver in Rome. Krajinovic, who did not drop a set all week, claimed his fourth title of the year, joining only countryman Janko Tipsarevic as players with at least four crowns in 2017. Also the winner on the German clay of Heilbronn and Marburg and in Italian mountain town of Biella, he is up 10 spots to No. 95 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Tiburon Challenger presented by Wells Fargo (Tiburon, California, USA): Cameron Norrie entered the final week of July at No. 275 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. What the Brit has done since is nothing short of remarkable. Norrie clinched his second ATP Challenger Tour crown on Sunday in Tiburon, soaring to a career-high No. 136. He has now won 21 of his last 25 matches, including a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tennys Sandgren for the title. The former Texas Christian University standout had won his maiden title in Binghamton two months ago.

A LOOK AHEAD
There are five tournaments on the calendar, including 2015 Tournament of the Year in Monterrey, Mexico. Victor Estrella Burgos, finalist in 2015, and defending champion Ernesto Escobedo lead the field. Also in North America, the event in Stockton, California, features #NextGenATP stars Michael Mmoh, Stefan Kozlov, Elias Ymer, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Noah Rubin.

In Asia, Jordan Thompson is the top seed in Kaohsiun, Taiwan, while Laslo Djere leads the pack at the inaugural Almaty Challenger, in Kazakhstan. The ATP Challenger Tour also returns to Brazil, where Federico Delbonis is the lone Top 100 player in Campinas. Chile's Gonzalo Lama is the defending champion.

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