While the main focus has been on the Paris Bercy and the lead into the Barclays ATP World Tour Final later this month, there were also a variety of impressive showings on the ATP Challenger circuit worth highlighting below.
Marcos Baghdatis Wins Geneva Open 2014
Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis capped off an impressive 2014 season with his fourth title on the ATP Challenger circuit this season after a three set victory in the final on Sunday. The former Australian Open finalist worked his way past Viktor Troicki, Jiri Vesely, and defeated Michal Przysiezny 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to lift the title. He is now one of four players to lift four titles on the Challenger circuit in 2014, after winning in Vancouver, Nottingham and Aptos.
“The key was my return. At the end of the third set, I was able to find some solutions on his serve. Michal has a very big serve. He is a very good player too. I am happy to be back on track. I was injured a great part of the year. I started to find my tennis and my spirit again. I will play two more Challengers this year. I hope to play at the same level and not to be injured again.”
Robin Haase Lifts Open de La Reunion Crown
Living up to his position as the top seed at the event, Robin Haase successfully lifted the Open de La Reunion title this week, but it was not without its slight difficulties at times. The Dutchman rallied from a set down to defeat Florent Serra 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to win his first title in four years.
James Duckworth Victorious in Charlottesville
22-year-old James Duckworth rallied from a set down to defeat Liam Broady 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to lift the Chrlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger title – his second of the season.
“I didn’t play well until the last five or six tournaments [of the year] and I was a bit down on myself, but I really fought hard here this week and turned things around.
“I tried to wrestle that momentum and get up the court a bit more. I think that helped me win those last two sets. I think I sort of rushed him a little bit and he didn’t like that.
Bradley Klahn Wins in Traralgon
After finishing runner-up at this event in 2013, Bradley Klahn overcame fellow countryman Jarmere Jenkins 7-6(5), 6-1 to win his third title of the season. His run this week included wins over top seed Go Soeda and Thanasi Kokkinakis.