Friday, June 21, 2024

Ajdukovic, Kypson Soar To Profession-Highs After Challenger Triumphs

Duje Ajdukovic and American Patrick Kypson ascended to career-highs within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings Monday after they every claimed their second ATP Challenger Tour title of the season this weekend.

Ajdukovic returned to the winners’ circle in Kobe, Japan, the place he cruised previous residence hope Sho Shimabukoro 6-4, 6-2 within the Hyogo Noah Challenger last. Ajdukovic, 22, received three deciding-set matches en path to the title.

The cut up native received his maiden Challenger title in August in Luedenscheid, Germany and following his title run in Japan, Ajdukovic is at a career-high No. 145 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Kypson defeated second seed Alex Michelsen 6-4, 6-3 within the Paine Schwartz Companions Challenger last in Champaign, Illinois. The 24-year-old American began the yr outdoors the Prime 500 and has now risen to a career-high No. 192 following his first hard-court title.

“I’ve performed loads on clay, I perhaps desire clay a bit of bit however I believe my sport is appropriate for quicker surfaces as properly,” Kypson advised commentator Mike Cation. “I believe I can play on all the things, it’s only a matter of doing the issues which might be required for every floor. I believe considered one of my abilities is that I can adapt to the circumstances fairly properly. So long as I play the fashion that should, I believe I can have success on any floor, so I’m blissful to win on a tough court docket.”

Gamers from the USA have now tied Italians for third most ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2023 (16), trailing Argentina (21) and France (27). Kypson received the USTA’s Roland Garros wild card problem earlier this season and is now in prime place to win the USTA’s wild card competitors for the Australian Open, solely trailing Michelsen, who might get into the season’s first main by way of direct entry.

Michelsen, who cracked the Prime 100 for the primary time final Monday, will subsequent journey to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to compete on the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals introduced by NEOM.

In different ATP Challenger Tour motion, Belgian Zizou Bergs dropped only one set all week on the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada, the place he defeated second seed James Duckworth 6-4, 7-5 within the last to carry his sixth Challenger trophy.

“It’s particularly particular as a result of it comes after a interval that was more durable due to an damage I had,” Bergs mentioned. “To have a great, convincing week means loads to me. It provides me motivation and confidence for ending this yr sturdy.”

Zizou Bergs celebrates winning the Drummondville Challenger.
Zizou Bergs celebrates profitable the Drummondville Challenger. Credit score: Sarah-Jäde Champagne
Bergs, who’s No. 152 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, suffered a left wrist damage in July which pressured him to hit solely slice backhands for 3 months. The Drummondville Challenger was Bergs’ second match since returning to full well being.

German Maximilian Marterer rallied previous final yr’s Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion Brandon Nakashima 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 within the Good to Nice Challenger last in Danderyd, Sweden. The 28-year-old lefty is a nine-time ATP Challenger Tour champion, together with two triumphs this season.

“I got here with plenty of confidence from the final weeks to this occasion,” mentioned Marterer, who made the Ismaning Challenger last earlier this month. “I felt actually good from the primary practise I had right here, so it was about protecting the pinnacle down and going spherical by spherical.

“It provides me plenty of good feelings and confidence for subsequent yr. Through the yr, it was not simple for me. I used to be ranked in a distinct area and had some points with my physique. By no means anticipated to complete contained in the Prime 100 on the finish of the yr. It’s loopy the way it changed into a optimistic method.”

Maximilian Marterer wins the Good to Great Challenger in Danderyd, Sweden.
Maximilian Marterer wins the Good to Nice Challenger in Danderyd, Sweden. Credit score: Good to Nice Challenger
On the Uruguay Open in Montevideo, Facundo Diaz Acosta was topped champion after Brazilian Thiago Monteiro was pressured to retire attributable to a proper hand damage with the Argentine main 6-3, 4-3.

Diaz Acosta has loved a career-best season. The 22-year-old made his Prime 100 debut in July and has collected 4 ATP Challenger Tour trophies this yr. A pivotal second got here for the Buenos Aires native within the semi-finals Saturday, when he saved three match factors to outlive Gustavo Heide.

Facundo Diaz Acosta wins the Challenger 100 event in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Facundo Diaz Acosta wins the Challenger 100 occasion in Montevideo, Uruguay. Credit score: Uruguay Open

from Tennis – ATP World Tour

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