Challenger Bergamo – Wild Card Simone Bolelli claims home glory
Former world No. 36, Simone Bolelli, made his 2014 debut on singles competition in Bergamo. The Italian already played the Australian Open and Davis Cup in doubles, along with Fabio Fognini, however this was his first singles game since Wimbledon.
Simone’s serve was his big weapon throughout the tournament, Dustin Brown was the only player able to break his serve on semi-finals, but Simone came back from break down on third set to get a place into final.
Jan-Lennard Struff was playing his eight Challenger Tour final after seven straight losses. The German had a set point on first set tie break, however Bolelli saved it with a 199 km/h serve. Struff showed once again his inability to play pressure point with a double fault at set point. The Italian got an early break on second set and hold serve from that point to claim the title.
Challenger Quimper – Pierre-Hugues Herbert collects first career title
Home player Pierre-Hugues Herbert played his first career final on Challenger Tour after close wins on previous rounds. The French was able to defeat his fellow countryman Florent Serra and Gilles Muller on third set tie break, as well as defending champion Marius Copil in his path to the final.
In the decisive match Herbert faced another French, Vincent Millot, who had break up in first set and served to close it at 5 – 4, but wasn’t able to confirm it allowing Herbert to get one set advantage in his first final after a close tie break. Millot wasn’t able to find himself and one break was enough for Herbert to get the chance of lifting the trophy.
Challenger Kolkata – Ilija Bozoljac returns to titles after five winless seasons
Ilija Bozoljac lost all six previous finals and was looking to avoid a seventh straight defeat. The last title Bozoljac won was in 2008 at Banja Luka and the Serbian was not one of the favorites in this tournament.
Bozoljac performed in style into semi-finals not dropping a single set, however in that stage had to fight back against 1st seed Aleksandr Nedovyeov. The Ukrainian took the first set 6 – 0, but Bozoljac fought back and overcame this tough contest.
Despite being the underdog in the final, Ilija destroyed the Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the final 6 – 1 6 – 1 to end his losing streak and claim 4th career title.