Cerundolo Triumphs At Buenos Aires Challenger

#NextGenATP star Juan Manuel Cerundolo was amongst a trio of gamers to earn their first ATP Challenger Tour titles of the season Sunday. The 20-year-old triumphed on residence soil in Buenos Aires to hitch Frenchman Gregoire Barrere (Orleans) and Italian Marco Cecchinato in gathering their first trophies of the season.

In entrance of an brisk Argentine crowd, Cerundolo defeated countryman Camilo Ugo Carabelli 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 within the ultimate to triumph on the Challenger de Buenos Aires to assert his fourth Challenger Tour title.

Following his breakthrough season in 2021, when Cerundolo collected a trio of Challenger titles and gained the ATP 250 occasion in Cordoba, the lefty has battled leg and hip accidents in 2022 which have pressured him to take break day. This week, the 20-year-old returned to the winners’ circle, dropping only one set all week. The title lifts Cerundolo to nineteenth within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Race To Milan.


“I’m relieved. I really feel that each one the months of restoration have paid off,” Cerundolo mentioned. “I didn’t anticipate to achieve this stage so quickly. My purpose is to take care of the extent I had on this event. I’m feeling superb, immediately I used to be capable of run all over the place.

“It’s a plus to play in entrance of your loved ones and your folks, it provides you additional power. On the identical time, you will have a bit stress since you wish to present your highest stage.”

An all-Argentine final filled the stands in Buenos Aires.
An all-Argentine ultimate crammed the stands in Buenos Aires. Credit score: Manuel Cortina

Gamers from Argentina have mixed for a season-leading 19 Challenger titles. Cerundolo is the 14th completely different Argentine champion of this 12 months, tying a Challenger Tour report for probably the most completely different winners from a single nation in a season (USA in 2006, France in 2011).

Ugo Carabelli, 23, was competing in his fourth Challenger ultimate of the season. Following his title in Lima this previous month, the Buenos Aires native reached a career-high 96 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

On the Open d’Orleans, Barrere gained the all-French ultimate, defeating Quentin Halys 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to seize his fourth Challenger title.

Barrere is the primary Challenger champion this 12 months to defeat 4 High-100 gamers en path to the title (fifth since 2010). After a first-round victory over Damir Dzumhur, the 28-year-old ousted Marton Fucsovics, Richard Gasquet, Hugo Gaston, and Halys to elevate the trophy on the indoor hard-court occasion. 

In 2019, Barrere completed runner-up on the Orleans Challenger on residence soil, a run that lifted him to a career-high No. 80. After being topped champion this week, the Frenchman rises to No. 116.


Halys was competing in his sixth Challenger ultimate of the season. The 25-year-old gained the Pau and Lille Challengers within the spring and this previous month, he reached a career-high mark No. 71.

In doubles motion in Orleans, high seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin have been topped champions. Mahut, former World No. 1 in doubles, and Roger-Vasselin, former World No. 6 doubles participant, have earned seven Tour-level doubles titles as a pair.

On the clay-courts of Lisbon, Portugal, Italian Marco Cecchinato didn’t drop a set all week en path to capturing the Del Monte Lisboa Belem Open title, defeating Frenchman Luca Van Assche 6-3, 6-3 within the ultimate.

Cecchinato, who reached a career-high 16 in 2019, claimed his first Challenger title since March 2018. The 30-year-old is a three-time Tour titlist (Budapest, Umag, Buenos Aires).

“I’m very comfortable to win the title. It’s essential for me as a result of this 12 months has been a tricky 12 months,” Cecchinato mentioned. “I began the 12 months with an harm and after three months, I began to play once more.

“This week, I performed unbelievable tennis… It was not simple, each match was robust, however I used to be feeling good on court docket from the primary spherical and immediately I used to be very focussed.”

Marco Cecchinato in action during the Lisbon Challenger final.
Marco Cecchinato in motion throughout the Lisbon Challenger ultimate. Credit score: Beatriz Ruivo

In 2018, Cecchinato reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros, the place he defeated Novak Djokovic within the quarter-finals earlier than falling to Dominic Thiem. Because the-then World No. 72, Cecchinato turned the lowest-ranked Roland Garros semi-finalist since Andrei Medvedev (No. 100) in 1999.

Van Assche, 18, superior by means of qualifying en path to his first Challenger ultimate, a run that lifts him to a career-high No. 231 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The Frenchman additionally reached the semi-finals on the Blois Challenger in June (l. Alexandre Muller).

The LTP Males’s Open in Charleston, South Carolina, scheduled to complete 2 October, was canceled on Wednesday as a result of potential impression of Hurricane Ian.

Did You Know?
On Sunday, Yoshihito Nishioka and Marc-Andrea Huesler added to the record of gamers to win on the ATP Tour and the ATP Challenger Tour in 2022. Nishioka, who gained the Columbus Challenger in January, captured the title on the Eugene Korea Open Tennis Championships. Huesler, who claimed two Challenger titles in April (Mexico Metropolis and Aguascalientes), was topped champion on the Sofia Open. 4 different gamers have claimed a Tour-level title and Challenger title this season: Borna Coric, Holger Rune, Francisco Cerundolo, and Lorenzo Musetti.

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