Maiden title for Gregoire Barrere. Malek Jaziri conquers Qujing


Maiden title for Gregoire Barrere. Malek Jaziri conquers Qujing

* Qujing, China, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) : 34-year-old Malek Jaziri came to Qujing as the top seed and he went all the way, beating Blaz Rola 7-6 6-1 in an hour and 34 minutes for his eight Challenger title and the first since Istanbul last September. Malek saved all five break points he faced and Rola could follow his pace only in the opening set when he wasted four set points, fading from the court in set number two to end on the losing side.

The Slovenian served at 77% and he had to play against only two break points in the entire match but that was enough for Jaziri to claim the win in straight sets and lift the title. Malek had to work hard to reach the tie break, saving two break points in game eight and a set point in both the 10th and 12th games to somehow reach the tie break.

There, Blaz opened up a 4-1 lead before losing the next five points, finding himself 6-4 down. He saved the first set point but his forehand could only find the net in the 12th point to lose the breaker 7-5. A left-handed Slovenian missed his opportunities in the opening set and he lost the ground in set number two, getting broken in games two and six to find himself 5-1 down.

Jaziri completed the win with a forehand winner in the following game to lift the title to enter the Top 90 on the Live ATP rankings. * Lille, France, €43,000+H (Indoor Hard) : Gregoire Barrere had to pass the qualifying round to enter the main draw in Lille and he won all five matches to claim his first Challenger title in a career after a commanding 6-1 6-4 triumph over Tobias Kamke in an hour and 11 minutes. The Frenchman saved three out of four break points he faced to keep the pressure on the German and he won more than 50% of the return points to steal Kamke's serve four times from seven opportunities.

It was a perfect start for the player ranked outside the Top 400, breaking Tobias in game two with a forehand winner and he moved 5-1 in front when Kamke netted a forehand in game six. The Frenchman saved a break point with a forehand winner while serving for the set and he clinched it with another one for a 6-1, moving a set away from the title.

A smash winner earned an early break for Barrere at the start of the second set and he was flying over the court in those moments, placing a backhand winner for a 6-1 3-0 lead. Kamke managed to pull one break back in game four but that was all he could do as Barrere closed the match in game 10 with an ace to secure the title and celebrate his biggest success in a career so far after five Futures titles he won in the past. Final results:


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