Dellien Continues Hot Streak With Third Title Of 2018
A LOOK BACK
Internazionali di Tennis Citta' di Vicenza (Vicenza, Italy): The hottest player on the ATP Challenger Tour continued his dominant run of form. Hugo Dellien notched a tour-leading third crown of the year with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Matteo Donati in Sunday's Vicenza final.
With the partisan Italian crowd firmly in his opponent's favour in both the semi-finals and final, Dellien earned new fans with his impressive performances. Wins over home hopes Gian Marco Moroni on Saturday and Donati on Sunday vaulted the Bolivian to the winners' circle at the Tennis Palladio 98.
It has been a rapid rise for the 24-year-old, with all of his three titles - on the green clay of Sarasota and Savannah and red dirt of Vicenza - coming in the past seven weeks. In fact, Dellien has posted an 18-1 record in that span, with his only Challenger defeat to Noah Rubin in the Tallahassee semi-finals.
Dellien, whose triumph in Sarasota made him the first Bolivian winner on the circuit in 35 years, will get a significant boost in his Top 100 pursuit. Having entered the month of April at No. 259 in the ATP Rankings, he is projected to surpass his career-high of No. 129 one week from Monday.
Dellien will look to continue his strong form as he shifts to the clay of Shymkent, Kazakhstan for the $50,000 event. He is seeded second at the tournament, which is in its second edition. Last year's runner-up Yannick Hanfmann leads the field.
A LOOK AHEAD
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