Damir Dzumhur, Blaz Kavcic and David Goffin each earned titles on the ATP Challenger circuit this past weekend.
San Benedetto Tennis Cup (Italy)
Damir Dzumhur earned his third ATP Challenger title on Sunday afternoon in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, after he defeated the tournament’s top seed Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 6-3. The match was played in front of a relatively large crowd of over a thousand spectators.
While the title win went to Dzumhut, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo stole the headlines as he made history as the first ever player to win 350 matches on the Challenger Tour. It was a 14-year journey that led him to this historic victory. The record puts him about Yen-Hsun Lu, Paolo Lorenzi and Michael Russell, as well as Filippo Volandri.
Tilia Slovenia Open (Slovenia)
Unlike the other tournaments played this week, the Tilia Slovenia Open saw the top seed, Blaz Kavcic, breeze through the draw en route to his third Challenger title of the season. Kavcic lost a total of 17 games this week, but then needed three sets to secure the title in his last match. Kavcic defeated Gilles Muller 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1.
Sport1 Open (The Netherlands)
Fifth seed David Goffin defeated Andreas Beck on Sunday afternoon to win the Sport1 Open title. The 23-year-old won the match 6-3, 6-2 with little resistance from his German opponent. The win also moved Goffin to world No. 85.
“Maybe it seemed easy to watch but it wasn’t. In the beginning I was very nervous. It was the final. But I found my rythm really quick and could keep that level through the whole match. It was a perfect ending of a good week of tennis for me. Besides I am definitely in the US Open (main draw) now.”