Daniel Evans saves MP to beat Kubler. Title number 21 for Paolo Lorenzi


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Daniel Evans saves MP to beat Kubler. Title number 21 for Paolo Lorenzi

* Vancouver, Canada, $100,000 (Outdoor Hard) : After serving his suspension at the end of April, Daniel Evans had to start from the rock bottom at Glasgow Challenger, building his form and reaching the Challenger final in Nottingham before playing in the main draw at Queen's.

Ranked 310th, Daniel came to Vancouver as a qualifier and he went all the way, edging the 4th seed Jason Kubler 4-6 7-5 7-6 to claim his sixth Challenger title for his best ranking since January. Jason had a match point in the 12th game of the deciding set but he couldn't convert it, falling in the tie break but entering the Top 100 for the first time in his career.

Evans fired 14 aces and he suffered four breaks from seven chances he gave to Jason, creating 11 opportunities on the other side and also earning four breaks to stay neck and neck with his rival all the time. They traded four breaks in the opening eight games and Jason saved three break points in game nine to take the lead, scoring another break in the following game for a 6-4.

The second set saw better serving from both players and there were no deuces or break points in the opening 10 games. The Aussie was in the better position but it was Evans who scored a crucial break for a 6-5 lead, holding at 15 in game 12 for a 7-5, sending the match into a decider.

Kubler put one hand on the title after breaking Evans in game eight, serving for the match in the next game before Daniel broke back to extend the match and his chances. The Briton saved a match point on serve in game 12 to reach the tie break and he won it 7-3, taking four points on the return to celebrate the title and continue the comeback that could return him into the Top 100 by the end of the season.

* Cordenons, Italy, €64,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : The 36-year-old veteran Paolo Lorenzi has won his 21st Challenger title from 36 finals, defeating the youngster Mate Valkusz 6-3 3-6 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes, returning into the Top 100 once again. This was the final with one of the biggest age difference between the title contenders and the experience has defeated the youth, with Paolo winning three points more than the Hungarian and breaking him five times from 11 chances he created.

Mate responded with four breaks but it wasn't enough for his maiden title at this level, suffering the crucial break in the last game of the match to finish runner-up. The opening set was decided in the eighth game when Lorenzi broke for a 5-3 lead, clinching it after a hold at 15 in the next game.

Valkusz had to work hard in the second set, pulling an early break back and scoring another one in game eight to seal the deal on own serve in the ninth game but only after saving two break points. Lorenzi squandered a 3-0 lead in the final set and Mate was back on the level terms when he saved a break point in game eight, only to give his serve away in game 10 to hand the win and the title to a home player.

* Meerbusch, Germany, €43,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : Playing in his first Challenger title, Filip Horansky has claimed the biggest title in a career so far, edging Jan Choinsky 6-7 6-3 6-3 in two hours and 35 minutes, making it the longest final of the week. There were 31 break points up for grabs and it was Horansky who fends off 10 out of 15 he had to play against, playing better and better as the match progressed and keeping the pressure on his rival.

Choinsky was struggling to find the first serve and he got broken eight times from 16 chances he offered to Horanky, finishing on the losing side thanks to a single break of serve in the deciding set. The opening set lasted for more than an hour and they broke each other three times to set up a tie break that saw seven mini-breaks in 16 points, four from Jan who converted his fourth set point and grabbed the breaker 9-7.

Horansky raised his level in the second set to move 5-1 ahead with three straight breaks and he closed the set with another break in game nine to take the momentum before the decider. There, nothing could separate them in the opening seven games and the Slovak made a crucial move with a break of serve at 4-3, crossing the finish line with a hold at 15 a few minutes later for his maiden Challenger crown. Final results:

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