Challenger Spotlight: Lorenzi Caps Historic Week With 13th Crown
Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour and look ahead to who’s in action in the week to come.
A LOOK BACK
Eskisehir Cup (Eskisehir, Turkey): Paolo Lorenzi capped a historic week on the hard courts of Eskisehir, Turkey, not relinquishing a set en route to his 13th ATP Challenger Tour title. The top-seeded Italian veteran edged second seed Inigo Cervantes 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in two hours and 15 minutes on Sunday, winning 88 per cent of first serve points and saving the lone break point faced.
Lorenzi is the fourth player aged 33 and over to win on the circuit this year, joining fellow 33-year-olds Nicolas Mahut (Saint-Brieuc) and Daniel Munoz-de la Nava (Napoli), and 34-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos (Morelos).
Earlier in the week, Lorenzi became the third member of the '300 Wins Club' on the ATP Challenger Tour, reaching the milestone with a quarter-final victory over Matthew Ebden. He joined Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Yen-Hsun Lu.
What the Players are Saying
Lorenzi: "I am very happy for the title because it is the first one this year. I will not have a lot of time to prepare for Roland Garros, but I think that with the confidence of these matches I will be ready on Tuesday."
The Internazionali di Tennis Citta' di Vicenza returns for a second year to the Italian city, with World No. 96 Facundo Bagnis the top seed. Last year's runner-up Norbert Gombos is seeded second and is joined by Brit James Ward, Aussie John Millman, Spain's Albert Montanes and Guido Pella of Argentina. Surging young gun Andrey Rublev is bidding to reach the main draw from the qualifying competition.