* San Francisco, USA, $100,000 (Indoor Hard) :
Jason Jung won his third Challenger title and the first since September after a 6-4 2-6 7-6 triumph over the German Dominik Koepfer in 2 hours and 5 minutes. It was a mighty close match, as the result suggests, and Koepfer in fact won six points more overall thanks to that second set when he was the dominant figure. He was two points away from victory in the tie break but Jung got himself together to claim the last three points and lift the trophy. The German got broken three times from five chances he gave to Jung and he was in a good position to claim more breaks than the player from Taiwan, earning eight break points and scoring four breaks, which wasn't enough in the end. Jason was off to a nice start, breaking in the opening game and keeping the lead until game six when Dominik pulled the break back to level the score at 3-3.
Nonetheless, he couldn't build a momentum around that and Jung broke again in the following game to restore the lead. He then saved a break point in game 10 to grab the opener 6-4, looking for more of the same in set number two. Koepfer, who was a prominent Collegiate player until two years ago, took charge in set number two, serving well and breaking Jung in games six and eight to claim the set 6-2 and send the match into a decider. There, he saved a break point in game three to stay neck and neck with Jason until 4-4 when the more experienced player broke to serve for the match in game 10. Koepfer broke back at love and he saved a break point in game 11 to set up a tie break where he had a 5-4 advantage. Nonetheless, Jung was more focused in the crucial moments and he won the last three points to win the breaker 7-5 and the title that sent him back inside the Top 160 for the first time since July.
* Launceston, Australia, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) :
20-year-old Marc Polmans claimed his maiden Challenger title at home in Launceston, defeating fellow Aussie Bradley Mousley 6-2 6-2 in 59 minutes. It was a majestic performance from Marc in his service games, landing 75% of the first serve in and dropping four points in total, never facing a break point. Mousley was nowhere near those numbers behind his initial shot, losing 50% of the points on own serve and having to play against no less than 16 break points. Polmans raced into a 4-0 lead with a double break and he closed the set with a hold at love in game eight.
Bradley netted a backhand slice to lose serve again at the start of the second set and he had to save six break points in the following games to at least stay within one break deficit. Marc pushed strong in his games and he grabbed another break when Bradley sent a forehand wide in the seventh game, falling 5-2 behind and letting Polmans serve for the title. Marc sealed the deal with an ace down the T line in the following game, celebrating his biggest success in a career so far and earning 78 positions in the ATP rankings.
* Budapest, Hungary, €64,000 (Indoor Hard) :
Vasek Pospisil is still undefeated on the Challenger Tour in 2018, claiming two indoor titles in Rennes and yesterday in Budapest, where he beat young Spaniard Nicola Kuhn 7-6 3-6 6-3 in 2 hours and 24 minutes. This was the seventh Challenger crown for Vasek in a career and he had to give his best to earn it, saving seven out of nine break points and stealing Nicola's serve twice from 12 opportunities he created. The first set went into a tie break despite nine break points that Kuhn played against, he saved eight to stay in contention all of the time after they traded breaks in games three and four.
The German saved three set points but he fell short in the tie break after three mini-breaks that Vasek scored. Kuhn raised his level in the second set and he broke Vasek in game two to take the set 6-3 and force a decider, facing just one break point in game three that he successfully defended. The Canadian restored the order in his service games in set number three and a teenager failed to follow that pace with his second serve, getting broken in game four after a forehand forced error. Vasek sealed the deal with a hold at 15 in game nine after another forehand error from Kuhn and he will take a deserved week off after playing for four consecutive weeks.