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#NextGen star Karen Khachanov won his first ATP Challenger Tour title of the year in Samarkand.

Stakhovsky Saves 7 Match Points For Seoul Title; Khachanov Wins In Samarkand

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


Lecoq Seoul Open (Seoul, Korea): In the biggest comeback this year in an ATP Challenger Tour final, Sergiy Stakhovsky saved seven match points to defeat No. 7 seed Yen-Hsun Lu, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7). The win gives Stakhovsky the fifth Challenger title of his career and his first since prevailing in 2014 in Orleans, France. It also puts him back inside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. The only other ATP Challenger Tour final this year to feature saved match points en route to victory was Andrey Golubev denying four over Karen Khachanov in Jonkoping, Sweden.

Despite the loss, Lu has plenty of positives to take away from the week. His appearance in Seoul was his first tournament in six months after having elbow surgery at the beginning of the year.

BNP Paribas Primrose (Bordeaux, France): No. 7 seed Rogerio Dutra Silva won the biggest title of his career by defeating Bjorn Fratangelo, 6-3, 6-1. The victory gives the Brazilian his seventh ATP Challenger Tour title and he has now lifted at least one winner’s trophy in each of the last six years. Prior to Bordeaux, his best result this year was a runner-up finish at the $50,000 event last March in Santiago, Chile.

Fratangelo is projected to move up to No. 103 in the Emirates ATP Rankings when next week’s standings are released. He prevailed in last month’s $50,000 tournament in Savannah, Georgia.

NeckarCup (Heilbronn, Germany): Nikoloz Basilashvili won his second ATP Challenger Tour title of 2016 by defeating No. 6 Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-4, 7-6(3). The Georgian was also a winner last March at the $50,000 tournament in Guangzhou, China.

The week in Heilbronn was still another successful one for Struff, though. He lifted the winner’s trophy here in 2014 and recorded a semi-final showing last year.

Samarkand Challenger (Samarkand, Uzbekistan): #NextGen star and top seed Karen Khachanov picked up his first ATP Challenger Tour title of 2016 by defeating Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-1. A backlog of matches due to rain meant that Khachanov prevailed in all five of his matches in less than 72 hours. He is now the fifth teenager this year to win an ATP Challenger Tour title.