21-year-old Jozef Kovalik wins first ATP Challenger title


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21-year-old Jozef Kovalik wins first ATP Challenger title

Tennis - 21-year-old Jozef Kovalik, from Slovakia, took a big step towards the big time in men's tennis over the weekend as he won his first ATP Challenger title in Germany. Ranked no. 340 in the world coming into the tournament, Kovalik upset the no.

2 seed Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4 in less than an hour to win the title as an unseeded player. He becomes the fourth player to win an ATP Challenger title being ranked outside the top 300. With the win, he climbs to no. 235 in the world.

The Slovak, who has also won 3 ITF Futures titles this season, has climbed more than 200 places in the rankings in the past 3 months. Meanwhile, in Cordenons, Italy, Spain's Albert Montanes defeated Italian Potito Starace 6-2, 6-4 to win his eighth title on the ATP Challenger Circuit.

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