Hugo Dellien stays on the mission in 2018, winning third title in Vicenza


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Hugo Dellien stays on the mission in 2018, winning third title in Vicenza

Back in April, Hugo Dellien has written a history for Bolivian tennis in Sarasota, becoming the first player from this country since 1983 with a Challenger title and adding another one two weeks later in Savannah. Hugo hasn't competed in the next couple of weeks and he failed to reach the main draw in Paris, moving to Vicenza for his fifth tournament at that level in 2018.

In the final match, Dellien defeated a home player with a wild card Matteo Donati 6-4 5-7 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes for his third Challenger crown of the season, from his fourth final overall. The Bolivian served at 82% and he was 13 from 16 on his second serve, which helped him to save four break points out of nine he had to play against.

Competing in his third final, Donati failed to forge a build a win on that, losing 45% of the points in his games and getting broken six times from 12 opportunities he gave to Hugo. The Italian was 3-1 up in the decider but he lost five of the last six games to miss a chance of winning his biggest title so far after conquering five Futures so far.

Dellien opened the match with a break when Matteo sent a forehand long and the Bolivian had two more break points in game three that could give him an even bigger lead. Donati saved them with two winners and he earned a break point in the following game that could bring him back on the positive side of the scoreboard.

Hugo cruised through the rest of the set, winning the last 14 points on serve to close the set 6-4 with a volley winner in game 10. Donati raised his level in set number two, earning a break with a forehand winner in the second game before Dellien pulled it back at love at 1-3 to improve his chances of sealing the deal in straight sets.

The Bolivian grabbed another break with a volley winner in game nine but he failed to serve out the match in the following game, losing serve at love after a forehand error to keep Matteo alive. The momentum was on Donati's side now and he clinched the set with another break in game 12, firing an incredible forehand down the line winner to set up a deciding set.

Matteo held at 30 in the opening game and we saw four straight breaks of serve after that, entering the closing stages of the set and the match locked up at 4-4. Hugo made the deciding move in game nine, breaking at 15 and crossing the finish line with a hold at love a few minutes later, lifting the trophy after another volley winner at the net. Final result:

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