* Granby, Canada, $100,000 (Outdoor Hard) : 30-year-old Blaz Kavcic claimed his second Challenger title on Canadian soil in 3 weeks, conquering Granby for his 16th title at this level from 27 finals. Just like in Winnipeg, he took down Peter Polansky (lost in the final of all 3 home Challengers in the past 3 weeks) 6-3 2-6 7-5 in 2 hours and 5 minutes, winning just 4 points more than his rival. There were 9 break points in total and they've managed to save just 2 in total, and it was Blaz who scored the decisive one in the final game of the match.
Slovenian sailed through the opening set with good serving and breaks in games 5 and 9, and Polansky took charge in set number 2, winning 5 games in a row to level the overall score and set the decider. There, Kavcic gained the first lead with a break in game 6 but it melted straight away, as Polansky broke back a few minutes later to make the things interesting again.
Still, Kavcic took care to avoid the deciding tie break, pushing strong on return in game 12 to break his rival and cross the finish line. * Binghamton, USA, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Cameron Norrie is a 21-year-old who plays Collegiate tennis at Texas Christian University, and who had an amazing season behind him, finishing as the top-ranked player in the ITA/Oracle rankings list (also, he earned Big 12 Player of the Year award).
Back in June, he won his first ATP match in Eastbourne and he is now a proud winner of a Challenger title, going all the way in Binghamton. In the title match, Cameron defeated the top seed Jordan Thompson 6-4 0-6 6-4 in just under 2 hours for his biggest result in professional tennis so far, moving inside the Top 200 for the first time. Thanks to that second set, Thompson won 7 points more than his rival, and despite winning 10 out of 11 games at one point, he had to finish the match on the losing side.
Norrie dropped serve 5 times and he responded with 4 breaks, 3 of these in the final set, which pushed him over the winning line after all. The first set was decided already in the first game, Norrie broke the favorite at love and he kept the lead throughout the set, saving 1 break point in game 8.
Jordan proved to be just too strong in set number 2, losing 9 points in 6 games and sweeping it by 6-0 to draw the momentum before the final set. There, he broke Norrie twice to be 4-1 in front but out of sudden, the Briton started to play much better, rattling off the last 5 games and breaking Thompson in games 7 and 9 for an impressive triumph.
* Cortina, Italy, €64,000 (Outdoor Clay) : Roberto Carballes Baena is a typical Spanish clay court grinder who reached the Top 100 last year but couldn't stay there for too long. His career is mainly linked with Challengers, playing already 200 matches at that level, mostly on clay, and he finally lifted his 3rd trophy in Cortina, his first since Mohammedia in 2015. In the semis, Roberto had to dig deep to oust compatriot Marcel Granollers in 3 hours and 4 minutes, but he raced through the final match, toppling Gerald Melzer 6-1 6-0 in 55 minutes.
Carballes Baena completely outplayed his rival, losing just 9 points on serve and never facing a break point. He was equally strong on the return as well, winning 62% of the points on Melzer's serve, breaking the Austrian 5 times from 10 opportunities.
Gerald saved 3 break points in his first service game but that hold will remain his only game of the match, losing the following 11 and handing the encounter to his rival in no time at all.