Londero and Brands celebrate titles in the shadow of Wimbledon

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Londero and Brands celebrate titles in the shadow of Wimbledon

* Marburg, Germany, €43,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : The 24-year-old Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero had failed to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon but he drew the most from the following week when he returned to clay, winning his second Challenger title after a 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over the 3rd seed Hugo Dellien in two hours and 12 minutes. Dellien has been on fire this season and he played a great semi-final match as well but it wasn't enough today, losing serve six times and scoring just five breaks to end on the losing side.

Hugo was off to a better start, breaking his rival three times in a row to take the opener 6-3, although he got broken twice as well. Londero opened a 5-2 lead in the second set but Dellien broke back in game nine, leveling the score at 5-5 and standing two games away from the title.

Still, Juan Ignacio held in game 11 and he earned a break at 15 in the next game to take the set 7-5 and force a decider. Just in the second, Londero raced 5-2 in front in the final set and he served for the title at 5-3. Hugo refused to surrender and he pulled the break back, only to lose serve again in game 10 and hand the win to his opponent.

* Recanati, Italy, €43,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : A former world number 51 Daniel Brands has been dealing with injuries for years now, dropping out from the Top 400 and starting his comeback at Futures. He won two in a row in April, followed by the final in Glasgow Challenger, and he will return into the Top 300 after winning Recanati Challenger on Sunday, his first title at this level since Eckental in 2012! In the title match, Daniel ousted the Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 7-5 6-3 in an hour and 25 minutes for his seventh Challenger crown. The German sailed through his service games, never facing a break point and keeping the pressure on Menendez-Maceiras who failed to reach at least one tie break, losing serve in the 12th game of the opening set despite five commanding service games before that.

Daniel moved 3-1 in front in set number two and that was all he needed to bring the win home, losing six points on serve and sealing the deal with an ace in game nine for the well-deserved title. Final results:


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