Sandgren Prevails In Tempe
Revisit the week that was on the ATP Challenger Tour as we applaud the achievements of those on the rise and look ahead to who’s in action in the week to come
A LOOK BACK
Tempe Challenger (Tempe, Arizona): American Tennys Sandgren picked up his first ATP Challenger Tour title in more than three years by defeating Serbian Nikola Milojevic 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. A rain-filled weekend pushed the semi-finals to Sunday and the final to Monday. Sandgren’s last Challenger win came in November 2013 in Champaign, Illinois.
Milojevic still seeks his first Challenger title, dropping to 0-2 in Challenger finals after finishing runner-up last month in Noumea (l. Mannarino).
Challenger La Manche Cherbourg (Cherbourg, France): Frenchman Mathias Bourgue delighted the local crowd by taking the title with a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Maximilian Marterer of Germany. Bourgue earned his second ATP Challenger Tour crown, with the previous one also coming in France when he prevailed in Blois in June 2015. He improves to 11-3 in Challengers in 2017.
Marterer was seeking his third ATP Challenger Tour title, having won back-to-back events last September in Morocco.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Sandgren: “It’s been a beautiful place to play and I've really enjoyed it. Thankfully the tournament was gracious enough to extend to a Monday family. I think I’ve played some really good tennis this week and the competition was really strong, so I got a little lucky today and just hung in there.”
A LOOK AHEAD
There are three tournaments on the calendar this week, with the $75,000 event in Bergamo, Italy, taking top billing as it returns for the 12th consecutive year. Local favourite Andreas Seppi is the top seed and Lukas Lacko of Slovakia is the second seed. Other notable names in the draw are seventh seed #NextGenATP star Quentin Halys of France, eighth seed Marterer looking for another big run and former Top 15 player Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.
The long-standing $50,000 event in Kyoto, Japan, celebrates its 21st year. Local favourite Yuichi Sugita is the top seed and Grega Zemlja of Slovenia is the second seed. Ze Zhang of China looks to build on his win earlier this month in San Francisco as the fourth seed.
The $50,000 Challenger in Morelos, Mexico, is back for the fourth straight year. Jordan Thompson of Australia is the top seed and Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia is the second seed. #NextGenATP star Alexander Bublik of Russia is the third seed and Novikov aims to build on his Tempe form as the fourth seed.
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