Traralgon, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Matthew Ebden beat conpatriot Jordan Thompson in the final, with a 7-5 6-3 in 73 minutes, for his sixth Challenger crown. First set was very close, as both players held easily, until Ebden finally broke in the twelfth game after a forehand crosscourt winner.
First seed saved two break points in the third game of second set, and broke in the next for 3-1 lead. Afterward both served well with no chances for returner, so Matthew won the set by 6-3. Final: Mathhew Ebden vs Jordan Thompson 7-5 6-3 (1:13) Pune, India, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Yuki Bhambri won his fifth Challenger title in front of home crowd out of nine finals.
Thanks to this success, he will crack Top 90 for the first time in career. Like in Australia, it was a quick final, despite the tie-break, as Donskoy resisted only in second set. Yuki won first 6-2 with a masterclass performance, losing only 2 points on serve and breaking the Russian in the first and in the fifth game.
Second one was much closer, as Donskoy saved 3 break points in the fifth game and broke in next, in Bhambri's only poor service game of the match. Indian came back to the set, breaking in the ninth game, and won tie-break after that.
Final: Yuki Bhambri vs Evgeny Donskoy 6-2 7-6 (1:15) Monterrey, Mexico, $100,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : After title in Las Vegas last week, Thiemo De Bakker caught a second one, so for the first time in 6 years (summer of 2009) he took 2 Challengers in a row.
In the end, De Bakker prevailed over first seed Estrella Burgos after almost 3 hours of play, lifting his tenth title from 15th final. Thanks to these points he won in the last two weeks, he is back into Top 100 for the first time since August 2013.
This was by far the longest final this week, and in addition to that it was interupted by rain at 2-2 in second set, as players went from the court for about 3 hours and 40 minutes. De Bakker won the first set after saving 5 break points and easy 7-1 in tie break.
When they resumed the match after pause, Estrella made first break of the match in 7th game after de Bakker sent forehand long. Nevertheless, Dutch broke back in very next game to level the result at 4-4 with nice smash at the net.
Match was suspended again following that game, and even players got back to the court soon they were affected by interruptions, as de Bakker was broken again in the ninth game when he netted tough a volley following great return of serve by Burgos (in the last three last games server had game point, but failed to realize it).
Full of confidence after 2 weeks of very good tennis, De Bakker easily won third set, losing only 4 points on serve and breaking rival in 6th game after Victor sent forehand long. Final: Thiemo De Bakker vs Victor Estrella Burgos 7-6 4-6 6-3 (2:44)