* Sarasota, USA, $100,000 (Outdoor Clay) : 24-year-old Hugo Dellien has written Bolivian tennis history in Sarasota, becoming the first champion from that country since 1983 after a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over Facundo Bagnis in an hour and 57 minutes. It was a close match and Bagnis actually won four points more than his rival, only to lose the pace in the deciding set when he got broken three times to stay empty-handed.
Dellien got six breaks from eight opportunities and he suffered five breaks from nine chances he offered to the Argentinian, overcoming a slow start and saving his best tennis for the final set to grab the first Challenger crown.
They traded breaks in the opening games of the match but it was Facundo who has shifted into a higher gear after that, holding at love three times in a row and breaking Hugo in games six and eight for a 6-2. The Bolivian responded with two consecutive breaks of serve in set number two, opening a 5-2 gap before he closed the set with a hold at 15 in game 10 to send the match into a decider.
The momentum was on his side and he broke Bagnis in games one, three and seven to create the crucial gap and bring the match home with a hold in game eight to celebrate the biggest success in a career so far. * Tunis, Tunisia, $75,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : Guido Andreozzi has picked up his sixth Challenger title (the second in 2018) after a 6-2 3-0 win over the Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver in 54 minutes. This was the 25th final for the Spaniard at this level but he couldn't endure the efforts and stay on the court for three more games, being forced to retire in the fourth game of the second set.
Guido controlled the pace right from the start, saving three break points he faced and racing into a 4-0 lead with early breaks in games one and three. He saved a break point in game eight to grab the opener 6-2 and Gimeno-Traver decided he has had enough after a couple of points in the fourth game of set number two when he already was two breaks down.
* Guadalajara, Mexico, $50,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : Competing in his sixth final, Marcelo Arevalo has won the third title and the second of the season following a hard-fought 6-4 5-7 7-6 win over Christopher Eubanks who played in the first Challenger final. The matches lasted 2 hours and Arevalo brought it home with two mini-breaks in the deciding tie break after pushing each other to the limits all the time.
He won just two points more than the American and they both saved four out of five break points to stay neck and neck from start to finish. Marcelo drew first blood with a break in game five, saving a break point at 5-4 to clinch the set 6-4 on his fourth set point.
He saved two break points early in set number two but this time Eubanks was focused in the crucial moments as well, fending off four break chances in game 11 to prolong his chances. This gave him the momentum and he used it nicely, scoring a break in game 12 to grab the set 7-5 and send the match into a decider.
They saved the best for the last and we saw no break points or deuces in set number three, setting the stage for the deciding tie break. Eubanks had an early lead but he wasted a 3-1 lead with two mini-breaks he gave to Arevalo who sealed the deal on his first match point, clinching the second title of the season and earning a career-high ranking position.
* Nanchang, China, $50,000+H (Indoor Clay) : In the all-French final, Quentin Halys defeated Calvin Hemery 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 1 minute to lift his third Challenger title and the second of the season. Halys played well in his service games, repelling all four break points he faced and scoring three breaks from four chances to control the scoreboard all the time.
There was only one break point in the opening set and Quentin converted it in game four to open up a 3-1 lead, sailing through his service games to wrap up the opener 6-3. He broke Calvin's resistance with a strong start of set number two, rattling off 12 out of the first 15 points to open up a 3-0 lead, saving two break points in game four to cement his lead and move closer to the finish line.
Hemery saved a match point in game seven but Halys crossed the finish line with another good hold at 5-2 to deliver the title. Final results: