Munar, Chardy, Hurkacz and Hanfmann earn Challenger crowns


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Munar, Chardy, Hurkacz and Hanfmann earn Challenger crowns

* Prostejov, Czech Republic, €127,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : The upcoming Spanish player Jaume Munar has had two great weeks and he is on a career-high 104th position in the ATP rankings.

After qualifying for the main draw in Paris and a win over David Ferrer in the opening match, Munar fought great against Novak Djokovic as well to lose in three close sets, carrying that momentum to a strong Challenger of Prostejov where he defeated Laslo Djere 6-1 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes for his second Challenger title and the first of the season. Both players had their opportunities on the return but it was Jaume who emerged at the top in the crucial points, saving five out of seven break points and winning 57% of return points, enough for six breaks and straight sets triumph.

Djere was powerless on his serve in the opening five service games to find himself 6-1 4-1 down before he pulled a break back in the seventh game to extend his chances. Nonetheless, Munar grabbed another break in game eight and he closed the match with a solid hold in the following game to celebrate the title.

* Surbiton, Great Britain, €127,000 (Outdoor Grass) : The 31-year-old Jeremy Chardy has achieved two milestones in Surbiton, conquering his 100th Challenger match and reaching the 10th final in what was his first grass court Challenger in a career.

In the title match, Jeremy toppled the young Aussie Alex de Minaur 6-4 4-6 6-2 in an hour and 39 minutes, controlling the pace in his service games and saving two out of three break points to keep the pressure on Alex. De Minuar couldn't follow rival's pace on the second serve and he suffered three breaks of serve from five chances he gave to Jeremy, losing the ground in the deciding set.

Chardy claimed the opening set with a break of serve in game seven and Alex responded with a solid tennis in set number two, earning a break in game 10 to set up a decider. There, Chardy lost just two points on serve and he stole rival's serve in games one and seven, sealing the deal on won serve at 5-2 to win the first grass title of the season.

* Poznan, Poland, €64,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : After a great week he has had in Paris (qualifying for the main draw and scoring his first Grand Slam win) the young Pole Hubert Hurkacz has claimed his first Challenger title at home in Poznan, toppling the top seed Taro Daniel 6-1 6-1 in just 59 minutes. It was a superb performance from the youngster, dropping just 10 points on serve and saving a lone break point he faced to keep the pressure on the other side of the net.

Daniel was nowhere near those numbers, losing 54% of the points on serve and getting broken five times from seven chances he gave to Hubert. The Pole rattled off four straight breaks of serve to open up a 6-1 4-0 lead and he crossed the finish line with another break in game seven that delivered the title for him, the biggest of his career so far.

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