Jozef Kovalik and Albert Montanes were both victorious on the ATP Challenger circuit this past weekend.
Maserati Challenger (Germany)
Jozef Kovalik, ranked No. 235 in the world, won his maiden ATP Challenger title on Sunday afternoon in Meerbusch, Germany when he defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4. After coming into the tournament as an unseeded wildcard, Kovalik has now moved up 105 spots into the rankings to his current spot in the Top 240. The Slovakian is the second unseeded wildcard to win a title on the Challenger circuit this year following Alexander Zverev’s win earlier in the year.
“I want to say thank you to the tournament director Marc Raffel and Detlef Irmler to give me a wild card for this tournament. It was a tough match for me today. I had a strong opponent. It seems easy, but it wasn’t. Next year I want to come back to Meerbusch.”
Internazionali di Tennis del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Cordenons, Italy)
Spain’s Albert Montanes defeated Potito Starace 6-2, 6-4 to lift his eighth title on the Challenger circuit. It also marked Montanes’ fourth win over Starace (4-1 h2h overall). It was also his second title at this event, which he won four years ago.
“I am happy about this week. I played good tennis and it was closer than it seems today. Thanks to all the people and the crowd that came and supported me the whole tournament.”