* Orleans, France, €127,000+H (Indoor Hard) : Norbert Gombos claimed his 5th Challenger title and the 4th indoor after a 6-3 5-7 6-2 triumph over French veteran Julien Benneteau in an hour and 58 minutes. Slovak fired 14 aces but his second serve didn't work that well, facing 12 break points.
He managed to save 10, limiting the damage in his games and keeping the pressure on his rival, who lost serve 4 times from 9 opportunities he gave to Gombos. A player from Slovakia had to give his best to save 5 break points in the opening 3 service games, still searching for his shots, and he broke Benneteau in the 4th game to create a 4-1 gap.
They both served well in the remaining games and Norbert grabbed the opener by 6-3 with a hold at love. He moved closer to the finish line with another break at the start of the second set but Julien erased the deficit with his first break of the match in game 4.
Home player wasted 2 break points in game 8 but he clinched the set in the 12th game, converting his 4th set point for a 7-5. Still, that was all he could do, as Gombos broke him twice in the decider to win the set by 6-2 and the title, playing better in his service games and converting 2 out of 6 break points to cross the finish line first and win a nice painting as a trophy.
* Tiburon, USA, $100,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Cameron Norrie has played the best tennis of his career in the recent 2 months, with 2 Challenger titles and the second round of the US Open, which gave him the 136th place on the ATP rankings list today.
Cameron won his second Challenger title in Tiburon, defeating Tennys Sandgren by 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 16 minutes. Briton hit 8 double faults but outside of that his second serve worked well, and he saved 5 out 6 break points he faced.
On the other hand, Sandgren was in all kind of troubles after missing the first serve and he got broken 4 times from 6 opportunities he gave to his rival, which was enough to lose the match comprehensively. Norrie saved a break point in the long opening game and he won the last 4 games of the set for a 6-2, breaking Sandgren in games 6 and 8.
Players traded breaks at the start of the second set and it was Cameron who was more focused in the closing moments of this set as well. He won 12 out of the last 16 points to take the set by 6-3 and win the title, scoring a crucial break in game 8 and holding at love after that to celebrate another big moment of his career.
* Rome 2, Italy, €43,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : Talented Serb Filip Krajinovic has been one of the best players of the season so far, with 42 match wins and 4 titles, and if he keeps this level until the end of the season he will pass his best ranking achieved in 2015.
Here in Rome, Filip took down Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver by 6-4 6-3 in 71 minutes for his 8th Challenger crown, and he yet to be beaten in the finals this season. Krajinovic served better and he had the edge from the baseline, moving around the court better and making fewer number of errors.
He lost serve just once and scored 4 breaks to stay in front all the time, opening and closing the match with a break at 15. The first set was competitive but that one break he suffered early on cost Gimeno-Traver dearly, as he had no chance to pull it back in Filip's 5 service games.
Serb continued to push strong and he broke twice in a row to open a 5-1 gap in set number 2, serving for the title in game 8. He lost his serve at the worst possible moment but Daniel couldn't use this impulse, losing serve again in game 9 to hand the victory to his rival, who outplayed him in today's encounter.