Roundup of this week´s Challengers - Dodig stuns Paire in Brest, title for de Bakker in Las Vegas


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Roundup of this week´s Challengers - Dodig stuns Paire in Brest, title for de Bakker in Las Vegas

Ningbo, China, $125,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Most successful Challenger player of all time, Yen-Hsun Lu, won his 22nd title of this rank (out of36 finals) in Ningbo. He beat 6th seed Jurgen Zopp of Estonia by 7-6 6-1, and it could have been a lot easier in first set too, with Zopp saving 10 of 11 break points in that part of the match.

They came to 5-5 without breaks, but Estonian saved 10 break points until that moment, and then broke after Lu sent backhand wild. Still, Zopp couldn't served out for the set, Yen-Hsun broke to force tie break, which he won 7-3 after Jurgen's forehand unforced error.

Second set lasted only 24 minutes, after Zopp being broken three times and failing to win a point on Lu's serve. Ningbo is first Challenger title for Lu after Kaohsiung last year, also in China, and at the age of 32 he can still win some more in the future.

Semifinals : [1]Yen-Hsun Lu vs [7]Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 6-3 (1:31)
[6]Jurgen Zopp vs Franko Skugor 6-4 7-6 (1:58) Final : [1]Yen-Hsun Lu vs [6]Jurgen Zopp 7-6 6-1 (1:26)
Bangalore, India, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) : After a very poor season and some inconsistent results, James Ward finally got himself together here in India, winning his 4th Challenger title with just one set lost.

In the battle of first and second seed in the final he beat Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-2 7-5, after a dominant performance. He only lost 3 points on first serve, and saved all 3 break points. On the other hand, he took more than 40% of return points, forcing 7 break chances and winning 3.

After Brit broke for 6-2 in first set they both kept serves relatively easily in second, until 12th game when Ward realized 3rd break point for 7-5. This will for sure boost his chances of a Davis Cup final spot next month, when Britain will travel to Belgium.

Semifinals: [1]Adrian Menendez-Maceiras vs [3]Saketh Myneni 6-4 6-4 (1:11)
[2]James Ward vs Daniel Nguyen 4-6 6-4 6-3 (1:54) Final : [2]James Ward vs [1]Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-2 7-5 (1:22)