Matt Reid claimed first career title on Challenger Tour while Wayne Odesnik got his first trophy in two years.
After three straight losses on ATP level, Matt Reid made his 2014 debut on the Challenger Tour in Burnie. The 23 years only dropped one set during all tournament in second round against Danai Udomchoke, where he needed to comeback from a set down. In the final against Hiroki Moriya, the Aussie saved all 8 break points, while the Japanese was broken four times, allowing Reid to take the match 6 – 3 6 – 2 and to win his first title.
Another interesting highlight in Burnie was the performance of the US wild-card Jarmere Jenkins, who reached semi-finals after an outstanding clash on quarter-finals against Matthew Barton. Jenkins overcame Barton by 6 – 2 6 – 7 7 – 6 with a 15 – 13 in the third set tie break after more than 2:30 hours of play.
Wayne Odesnik wasn’t able to collect a single title on 2013, losing all three finals, but last week in Chitre won his 7th career title on Challenger Tour. Despite not losing a single set in his way to the final, things weren’t so easy for the American. Odesnik needed three tie-breaks and other two sets were only solved by 7 – 5. Jimmy Wang was the player to beat in the final and things got even harder when Wang took the first set 7 – 5, however Odesnik managed to comeback and with double 6 – 4 won his first title since Bucaramanga’s trophy on January 2012.
Last week’s champion on Bucaramanga and first seed on Chitre, Alejandro Falla, wasn’t able to keep on competition retiring before his quarter-finals clash against Jimmy Wang. The Colombian had a very exhaustive week on Bucaramanga and decided it was better to take some days to recover.
Next week the tournaments on Challenger Tour will occur in Dallas, Chennai and Adelaide.