Hua Hin, Thailand, $125,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Yuichi Sugita won his 5th Challenger title, and second in a row in Thailand, after taking Bangkok in September. Japanese beat qualifier Stephane Robert in 3 quick sets, as only 2 games went to deuce.
Yuichi served great in first set, losing only 4 points on serve and breaking twice, but Frenchman was even more convincing in second, as he left off only 7 points in 6-1 win. Sugita quickly gained 4-1 advantage in third set and won it 6-3 after they exchanged one more break of serve.
Final : Yuichi Sugita vs [Q]Stephane Robert 6-2 1-6 6-3 (1:22) Guayaquil, Ecuador, $50,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : Gastao Elias carried his last week's form to take his 4th Challenger crown and first time in back to back weeks.
He knocked out 1st seed Diego Schwartzman in routine 6-0 6-4 win after just 71 minutes, to deliver Schwartzman's greatest defeat in clay Challengers after Marburg 2013! Elias broke in very first game of the match after Argentine's double fault, and never looked back, storming to 6-0 after just 24 minutes.
Another double fault from Schwartzman gave Portuguese 2-1 lead in second set, and he kept break until 8th game, when he finally lost his serve (great backhand down the line from Schwartzman) after missing 4 game points. Still, Elias broke back in next game, saved break point with an ace in 10th game and closed the match after Diego's forced error.
Like in Lima last week, Elias showed game that is hard to resist, with great returning, court covering and combo of serve and forehand on his serve. Final : Gastao Elias vs Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-4 (1:11) Canberra, Australia, $50,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Benjamin Mitchell claimed his maiden Challenger title after 5-7 6-0 6-1 win over compatriot and 5th seed Luke Saville (his all 5 wins came over fellow Aussies).
Mitchell was first who lost his serve, in 7th game after 3 errors and double fault, but he broke back in very next game, this time it was Luke's turn to make mistakes. In 11th game Saville acquire 3 break points after great return winner, and Mitchell consign it making another double fault.
Crucial segment of first set was second serve, as Saville, former Junior Wimbledon champion played it much better. Not sure what happened after that, because it didn't looked Saville has any problems, but he won only one game until the end of match, taking only 17 points on serve in total in those sets.
Luke also made way too many errors, and everything was over when he sent backhand long in 7th game of third set. Final : Benjamin Mitchell vs Luke Saville 5-7 6-0 6-1 (1:50)