This week on the ATP Challenger circuit, David Goffin, Simone Bolelli, James Duckworth and Ricardas Berankis each won titles to close out the month of July.
Oberstaufen Cup (Germany)
The Oberstaufen final featured a entertaining contest between Simone Bolelli and Michael Berrer. The Italian world No. 89 continued his stranglehold over the circuit with a 6-4, 7-6(2) victory over Berrer. Although Bolelli is yet to show much success on the ATP World Tour this season, he has now won 15 consecutive matches on the Challenger circuit, including two titles in April. He is 23-2 overall in Challenger competition this season.
“It was a great week for me. I improved day by day. It really was not easy for me today, because the court was very slippery in the rain. I won a few more of the important points that made the difference.”
Aamulehti Tampere Open (Finland)
If two titles were not enough for David Goffin in the month of July, the Belgian youngster captured his third title in as many weeks on the Challenger circuit on Sunday afternoon. Goffin defeated top seed and local favourite Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets (7-6(3), 6-3) to secure the won.
“I was looking for some confidence, that’s why I went to the Challengers. To play Jarkko here, in front of his own fans was a great challenge. I served really well and it helped me to stay in the match until 3-3 in the first set when Nieminen began the match very aggressively. Then I stayed focused, and played a really good tie-break.”
To add to the remarkable achievement, Goffin has not dropped a set this month and is riding the same 15-match win streak that Bolelli is currently on.
“Physically I feel good, really fit. I’m ready to continue. I don’t spend a lot of energy in my play. I play fast and move well and the conditions here were good for me.”
Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships (U.S.A.)
Australia’s James Duckworth may have finished as runner-up in 2013 at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, but this time he managed to cross the finish line successfully, as he defeated James Ward to avenge his loss to the Brit in last year’s final. The contest ended 6-3, 6-4 and saw the Australian take full control of the proceedings. He won 85% of his first service points and converted all the break point opportunities he faced.
“I think it has been a gradual process of evolving my game. My trainers and I have put a lot of effort toward playing more aggressively, coming forward more, and making things happen under pressure. Playing aggressively is what I felt I did well today.”
President’s Cup (Kazakhstan)
Ricardas Berankis defeated Marsel Ilhan in three sets, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday to lift his third title on the Challenger circuit. It was his first title victory in over four years.