Alex Bolt claims the first title since 2014. Marco Cecchinato wins too

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Alex Bolt claims the first title since 2014. Marco Cecchinato wins too

* Zhuhai, China, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) : The qualifier Alex Bolt won his second Challenger title (An-Ning 2014, also in China) with a 5-7 7-6 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 2 hours and 13 minutes, saving 15 out of 18 break points to emerge as a winner! It was a very close match and the Aussie scored four breaks from five opportunities, enough to prevail as a winner with a strong performance in the final set.

The first set was very close and they traded breaks in game one and four to stay locked up at 4-4 and enter an interesting closure. The Pole saved a set point in the 10th game and he broke at 15 in game 11 to move in front and get a chance to serve for the set.

He delivered a nice hold to grab the opener 7-5, hoping for more of the same in set number two. Bolt moved in front with a break in game four of the second set and he needed it badly since he struggled in his games in the rest of the set, facing no less than nine break points.

Hubert broke back in game seven and he missed a colossal chance to close the match in game nine, missing no less than five break opportunities that could give him the crucial lead. Bolt saved another break chance in game 11 and he was mighty relieved of reaching the tie break, winning it 7-4 with four mini-breaks to send the match into a decider.

The Aussie had to work hard in the third set as well, saving all five break points he faced and breaking Hurkacz in games three and seven to gain a huge lead before wrapping up the win with a hold at 15 in game eight when he blasted a service winner.

* Santiago, Chile, $50,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : The Italian Marco Cecchinato claimed his fifth Challenger title from the 12th final after a 1-6 6-1 6-1 win over the Spanish qualifier Carlos Gomez-Herrera in an hour and 25 minutes. Marco struggled to find his rhythm in the opening set, losing serve twice and winning just two points on the return and he raised his level in the rest of the match to sail through sets two and three and claim the title.

Cecchinato had to act quickly from the second set and he raced into a 4-0 lead with breaks in games two and four. The Italian held with ease in games five and seven to grab the set 6-1 and the momentum was on his side before the decider.

Gomez-Herrera couldn't stop rival's charge and he lost his serve three times in the decider to miss a chance for his maiden Challenger crown. Final results:


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