Laslo Djere wins second Challenger title after a dominant performance

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Laslo Djere wins second Challenger title after a dominant performance

The 23-year-old Serb Laslo Djere has never played a professional match on grass and he decided to stay on clay after the Roland Garros and avoid the grass season, entering Milan Challenger as the top seed a week before the third Major of the season at Wimbledon where he will make his debut against Paolo Lorenzi.

Laslo achieved what he came for here in Milan, defeating the Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager 6-2 6-1 in just 56 minutes to lift his second Challenger crown from 11 finals, winning his first title in Perugia in July 2017 and losing the previous four finals he played before Milan. This was the first Challenger final for Mager and he couldn't match Djere's pace, dropping 60% of the points in his service games and taking just 10 points on the return, never creating a break point.

Laslo broke at 15 in the very first game of the match after a double fault from Mager and they both served well in the next five games, with Djere leading 4-2. The Serb broke again in game seven after a backhand down the line return winner and he sealed the opener with a great hold in the following game, finishing the job with a drop shot that stayed out of Mager's reach.

The Serb pushed even harder in the second set, winning 16 of the first 19 points and racing into a 4-0 lead with breaks in games one and three. Gianluca sprayed a forehand error in that opening game to lose his serve and a double fault cost him another service game at 0-2, sending Djere closer and closer to the finish line.

Laslo sailed through his service games and he closed the match with a backhand return winner in game seven that delivered the title for him. Final result: