Yen-Hsun Lu, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Gilles Muller, Hiroki Moriya and David Goffin were all victorious on the ATP Challenger circuit this past weekend.
OEC Kaohsiung Challenger (Taiwan)
Defending champion Yen-Hsun Lu retained his Kaohsiung title with a 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Luca Vanni. The win marked his 21st Challengers title on the tour, which is the highest of the all-time Challengers titles leaders.
Levene Gouldin and Thompson Tennis Challenger (New York)
Notable ATP World Tour competitor Sergiy Stakhovsky won his third title on the Challenger circuit with a straight sets victory over American Wayne Odesnik in Binghamton. The Ukrainian, who won the contest 6-4, 7-6(9), did not drop a single set all week. He will now prepare himself for the upcoming US Open Series.
“It’s been a great pleasure to play here in front of this crowd, which has been very supportive. I’m pleased to win this tournament. I got a lot of confidence from here, heading into Atlanta and then Washington, D.C., then a break heading into the US Open. It was an important week.”
Guzzini Challenger (Italy)
The quickest of the ATP Challenger finals this week took place in Recanati, Italy, as top seed Gilles Muller cruised past Ilija Bozoljac 6-1, 6-2 to secure his fifth Challenger title of the season. Muller improved to 45-9 on the circuit this year.
Challenger Banque Nationale (Canada)
The ATP Challenger circuit saw another maiden title winner this week, as Hiroki Moriya defeated France’s Fabrice Martin 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-3 in Granby, Canada. Moriya had a bad run over the past few months but managed to pick up his game to become the second Japanese title winner at this event.
“It was very hard to fight against his serve. I was so nervous, but I am very happy to have won today. It’s special to win my first title in Granby, especially since my coach also won here in 2001.”
Poznan Open (Poznan, Poland)
After picking up a title in Scheveningen, Belgium’s David Goffin won his second consecutive title in as many weeks, with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Blaz Rola in Poznan. Goffin’s win boosted him back to world No. 87 when he was outside the Top 100.