It has been an Argentine assault on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2021. The South American nation celebrated its tenth title on the circuit this yr, as Francisco Cerundolo lifted the trophy on the clay of Cordenons, Italy.
Cerundolo dominated the ultimate on Sunday, routing in-form countryman Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-1, 6-2 in a single hour and 33 minutes. The 22-year-old, who was coming off his Olympic debut in Tokyo, performed impressed tennis in his return to the ATP Challenger Tour. It was the Argentine’s fourth Challenger crown in whole and first of the yr.
Cerundolo’s convincing victory was much more spectacular contemplating Etcheverry’s gorgeous run of type in latest weeks, having claimed a pair of titles on Italian soil whereas amassing a 17-2 report. Cerundolo saved all six break factors confronted to oust his shut buddy and longtime rival, edging forward 3-2 of their head-to-head collection.
“It was a particular match,” stated Cerundolo. “Taking part in towards a buddy and profitable all the time offers me nice feelings. Etcheverry simply gained the title in Trieste and is having an unbelievable run within the Italian Challengers, so it was by no means going to be straightforward. We’re excellent pals for a few years. It is particular to play a last towards one another and hopefully we will have extra matches like these sooner or later.”
With the victory, the Buenos Aires native and his brother Juan Manuel Cerundolo joined an unique record of siblings to triumph on the ATP Challenger Tour in the identical season. One of many breakthrough #NextGenATP stars of 2021, Juan Manuel had captured his maiden title earlier within the yr in Rome.
Brothers With Challenger Titles In Identical Season
|Francisco Cerundolo & Juan Manuel Cerundolo
|Tallon Griekspoor & Scott Griekspoor||2018|
|Jurgen Melzer & Gerald Melzer||2017|
|Olivier Rochus & Christophe Rochus||2005|
|Giovanni Lapentti & Nicolas Lapentti||2004|
|Jeff Simpson & Russell Simpson||1982|
The Cerundolos are the sixth set of brothers to carry Challenger trophies in the identical season, becoming a member of the Griekspoors, Melzers, Rochuses, Lapenttis and Simpsons in reaching the particular feat. In truth, it has occurred thrice within the final 5 years, with Tallon Griekspoor and Scott Griekspoor each capturing crowns in 2018, only one yr after Jurgen Melzer and Gerald Melzer celebrated titles.
Francisco is now on the point of cracking the High 100 within the FedEx ATP Rankings, rising to a career-high No. 111 on Monday. He will likely be one of many extra feared rivals in New York, when US Open qualifying will get underway in two weeks.
In different motion… Alex Molcan was a ruthless drive in claiming his maiden ATP Challenger Tour on Sunday in Liberec, Czech Republic. The Slovak dropped a mixed 17 video games all through the week on the Svijany Open, culminating in a 6-1, 6-0 semi-final win over Malek Jaziri and a 6-0, 6-1 domination of Tomas Machac for the championship.
Molcan was hungry to carry his first trophy, following a pair of Challenger last defeats in Sevilla in 2018 and in Prostejov earlier this yr. He additionally performed for the title on the ATP 250 cease in Belgrade in Could, falling to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
“I am actually blissful that I lastly managed to interrupt my dangerous luck in finals and win the match,” stated Molcan. “I performed very well in all of the matches in Liberec. The optimistic factor for me is that I used to be in a position to maintain the extent of my recreation excessive all through the week.”
The 23-year-old is Slovakia’s first Challenger champion since 2019. He rises 17 spots to a career-high No. 136 within the FedEx ATP Rankings.