While the Wimbledon Championships is currently the main tennis attraction for fans and pundits alike, the ATP Challengers tour also held three events over the first week on the tournament, where several notable players won titles.
ATP Challenger China International (Nanchang)
Go Soeda, the top seed at his tournament, won the ATP Challenger China International in Nanchang with a strong showing throughout the week. His toughest challenge came in the final against Slovenia’s Blaž Kavčič, where he was forced to go three tights sets to secure the victory. He needed under 40 minutes to take the opening set, but would drop the following set and need a tiebreaker to decide the final set for a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3). Soeda now moves into a tie for fourth place on the all-time Challenger titles list with 15.
Challenger 2001 Team “Citta’ di Padova” (Padova)
One of the more surprising results of the week was Maximo Gonzalez denying Albert Ramos his sixth Challengers title on Sunday afternoon, when he defeated the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 to win the title. Ramos had actually skipped taking part in Wimbledon Championships to try and increase is prize money and rankings points, but ended up losing in the final of the tournament. On the other hand, Gonzalez improves to an impressive 20-3 on the Challenger Tour since April.
Marburg Open (Marburg)
Horacio Zeballos went through an exceptionally difficult day on Sunday, as he was forced to play two matches due to his semi-final against Andreas Beck was delayed. After a quick straight sets win, he set up the final against Holland’s Thiemo de Bakker. De Bakker forced Zeballos to rally from a set down to complete his valiant effort for a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win. He has now won six consecutive finals since 2012.
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