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Casper Ruud, 17, was the youngest ATP Challenger Tour titlist in 2016.

The Numbers Game: 2016 ATP Challenger Tour

ATPWorldTour.com examines the ATP Challenger Tour storylines behind the numbers in 2016

Match Win-Loss Leaders
Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva was the lone player to claim 50 match wins this year, but it was Yen-Hsun Lu earning the highest win percentage (min. 30 matches played).

Player

W-L

Pct.

Yen-Hsun Lu

34-5

.871

James Duckworth

25-5

.833

Steve Darcis

31-7

.816

Facundo Bagnis

45-11

.804

Dudi Sela

25-8

.757

Carlos Berlocq

34-11

.755

Gerald Melzer

44-16

.733

Ricardas Berankis

22-8

.733

Jordan Thompson

46-17

.730

Singles Title Leaders
Facundo Bagnis became just the third player to win six titles in a season, joining Younes El Aynaoui (1998) and Juan Ignacio Chela (2001).

Player

Total

Clay

Grass

Hard

Facundo Bagnis

6

6

 

  

Yen-Hsun Lu

4

 

2  

2

Gerald Melzer

4

3

 

Jordan Thompson

4

1

 

3


#NextGen Winners (17)
Twelve different #NextGen stars accounted for a total of 17 Challenger titles this year, with Frances Tiafoe, Ernesto Escobedo, Hyeon Chung, Yoshihito Nishioka and Kyle Edmund winning multiple crowns. In 2016, #NextGen players were born 1995 or later and inside the Top 200 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Player

Title

Age

Taylor Fritz

Happy Valley, AUS

18 yrs, 2 mos.

Andrey Rublev

Quimper, FRA

18 yrs, 4 mos.

Frances Tiafoe

Granby, CAN

18 yrs, 7 mos.

Frances Tiafoe

Stockton, USA

18 yrs, 9 mos.

Stefan Kozlov

Columbus, USA

18 yrs, 10 mos.

Quentin Halys

Tallahassee, USA

19 yrs, 6 mos.

Karen Khachanov

Samarkand, UZB

19 yrs, 11 mos.

Elias Ymer

Barletta, ITA

20 yrs., 7 days

Ernesto Escobedo

Lexington, USA

20 yrs, 1 mo.

Ernesto Escobedo Monterrey, MEX
20 yrs, 3 mos.
Hyeon Chung
Kaohsiung, TPE
20 yrs, 4 mos.
Hyeon Chung Kobe, JPN
20 yrs, 6 mos.
Daniil Medvedev
Saint-Remy, FRA
20 yrs, 7 mos.
Yoshihito Nishioka Winnetka, USA
20 yrs, 9 mos.
Kyle Edmund Dallas, USA
21 yrs, 1 mo.
Yoshihito Nishioka Astana, KAZ
21 yrs, 2 mos.
Kyle Edmund Rome, ITA
21 yrs, 4 mos.

Title Leaders By Country
Argentina claimed 20 titles this year, tying the record for most in a single season by a country.

Country

Finals W-L

Winners

Argentina

20-9

Bagnis-6, Andreozzi-2, Olivo-2, Schartzman-2, Zeballos-2, Kicker-2, Berlocq-1, Mayer-1, Velotti-1, Gonzalez-1

Italy

11-6

Vanni-3, Lorenzi-2, Gaio-2, Fabbiano-1, Cecchinato-1, Giannessi-1, Napolitano-1

France

11-10

Herbert-2, Mannarino-1, Robert-1, Sidorenko-1, Halys-1, Lestienne-1, De Schepper-1, Janvier-1, Doumbia-1, Benneteau-1

Australia

10-4

Thompson-4, Duckworth-3, Mott-1, Purcell-1, Groth-1

Germany

10-5

Mayer-2, Marterer-2, Struff-2, Kamke-1, Berrer-1, M Zverev-1, Brown-1

Russia

10-8

Youzhny-3, Donskoy-2, Kravchuk-2, Rublev-1, Khachanov-1, Medvedev-1

Outside Top 400 Winners (5)
At World No. 762, Aussie teen Max Purcell became the second-lowest ranked Challenger winner since 2000 with his title in Gimcheon, South Korea.

Player

Tournament

Emirates ATP Ranking

Max Purcell

Gimcheon, KOR

No. 762

Blake Mott

Launceston, AUS

No. 721

Mikael Torpegaard

Columbus, USA

No. 642

Casper Ruud

Sevilla, ESP

No. 450

Janko Tipsarevic Qingdao, CHN
No. 413

ATP World Tour & ATP Challenger Tour Winners (4)
Four players lifted trophies on both the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour this year.

Player

ATP World Tour

ATP Challenger Tour

Paolo Lorenzi

Kitzbuhel

Canberra, AUS & Caltanissetta, ITA

Florian Mayer

Halle

Portoroz, SLO & Meerbusch, GER

Diego Schwartzman

Istanbul

Barranquilla, COL & Montevideo, URU

Karen Khachanov

Chengdu

Samarkand, UZB

Match Points Saved In Finals (5)
Sergiy Stakhovsky saved the most match points in an ATP Challenger Tour final this year, turning aside seven in beating Yen-Hsun Lu for the Seoul crown.

Player

M.P. Saved

Tournament

Sergiy Stakhovsky (d. Lu)

7

Seoul, KOR

Paolo Lorenzi (d. Donati)

6

Caltanissetta, ITA

Andrey Golubev (d. Khachanov)

4

Jonkoping, SWE

Renzo Olivo (d. L Mayer)

2

Buenos Aires, ARG

Max Purcell (d. Whittington)
1
Gimcheon, KOR

Fast Facts

  • At 17 years, 9 months, Casper Ruud was the youngest winner, claiming his maiden title in Sevilla, Spain. The third Norwegian champ in Challenger history, Ruud became the fourth-youngest player to win on debut.
  • Two all-teen finals were contested this year, as Quentin Halys (19) beat Frances Tiafoe (18) in Tallahassee, USA and Maxime Janvier (19) defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas (18) in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • Teenagers reached a total of 30 finals, winning 13 titles. Tiafoe was a five-time finalist, lifting trophies in Granby, Canada and Stockton, USA.
  • At 35 years, 9 months and 4 days, Stephane Robert was the oldest winner, claiming his seventh title in New Delhi, India. Robert was just two days older than Michael Berrer, who won in Leon, Mexico at 35 years, 9 months and 2 days.
  • At 38 years, 8 months, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo became the oldest player to reach a final in Challenger history, when he finished runner-up in Qingdao, China.
  • Ramirez Hidalgo made more history as the first player to reach 400 match wins, on 4 August in Chengdu, China.
  • Three unseeded wild cards won titles: Blake Mott (Launceston, AUS), Alexandre Sidorenko (Saint-Brieuc, FRA) and Mikael Torpegaard (Columbus, USA)
  • Qualifiers went 7-10 in finals, with Norbert Gombos becoming the lone Lucky Loser champ, in Brest, France. Gombos was the first LL winner in three years and the 12th in Challenger history.
  • Four players successfully defended titles: Facundo Bagnis (Santiago, CHI), Hyeon Chung (Kaohsiung, TPE), Yen-Hsun Lu (Ningbo, CHN) and Henri Laaksonen (Champaign, USA).
  • There were a total of 34 first-time winners this year (11 more than in 2015), with 17-year-old Ruud the youngest and 29-year-old James McGee the oldest.
  • National firsts: Di Wu became the first Chinese winner (Maui, USA) and Darian King the first titlist from Barbados (Cali, COL). Marcelo Arevalo is the first finalist from El Salvador, finishing runner-up in San Luis Potosi, MEX.
  • Longest finals: Andrey Golubev won the first three tie-break final since 2012, beating Karen Khachanov 6-7(9), 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in Jonkoping, SWE. The longest timed final registered at three hours, 13 minutes, with Joao Souza beating Nicolas Kicker in Fano, ITA.
  • Shortest completed finals: Games - Yen-Hsun Lu beat Stefan Kozlov 6-0, 6-1 in Suzhou, CHN. Time - At 48 minutes, Jan-Lennard Struff beat Vincent Millot in Mons, BEL and Frances Tiafoe beat Marcelo Arevalo in Granby, CAN.
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