Davidovich Fokina, Opelka, Duckworth and Berlocq to play for title


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Davidovich Fokina, Opelka, Duckworth and Berlocq to play for title

* Szczecin, Poland, €127,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : The 19-year-old Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is through to his first Challenger final as a qualifier, defeating the fellow youngster Rudolf Molleker 6-1 2-6 6-2 in an hour and 20 minutes for his biggest result in pro tournaments so far. The German is on a better ranking position but he was outplayed in this match, losing almost 50% of the points in his games and suffering five breaks of serve from 10 chances he offered to Alejandro.

On the other hand, Davidovich Fokina served at 75% and he dominated in the sets he won to march into the title match, losing serve twice but erasing that deficit with a great performance in sets he won. The Spaniard has found his range right from the start, serving well and breaking Molleker three times to claim the opener 61 in less than 20 minutes.

Rudolf claimed five straight games in set number two to steal the momentum and force a decider but the advantage couldn't stay on his side for too long since Alejandro bounced back to dominate in set number three. The Spaniard lost just three points on serve and he broke Molleker in games four and eight to secure his place in the final.

* Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, €85,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : The veteran Carlos Berlocq will play in his 32nd Challenger final and the second of the season after a 6-2 6-4 win over Johan Tatlot in an hour and 50 minutes. There were 22 break points in total and Berlocq played better in the crucial moments, saving eight out of 10 break chances and scoring five break to earn the win in straight sets.

Berlocq kicked off the match with three straight breaks, winning the set 6-2 with a hold at love and building the momentum before the rest of the match. Nonetheless, Tatlot saved five break points to open up a 3-0 lead in the second set and he had three more break points that could have sent him even further in front.

Carlos saved those and he broke in the following game to return to the positive side of the scoreboard. The Argentinian saved a break point in game six and he moved ahead with a break in game nine, closing the match with a hold at 15 in the following game for a 6-4.

* Istanbul, Turkey, $75,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : The veteran Carlos Berlocq will play in his 32nd Challenger final and the second of the season after a 6-2 6-4 win over Johan Tatlot in an hour and 50 minutes. There were 22 break points in total and Berlocq played better in the crucial moments, saving eight out of 10 break chances and scoring five break to earn the win in straight sets.

Berlocq kicked off the match with three straight breaks, winning the set 6-2 with a hold at love and building the momentum before the rest of the match. Nonetheless, Tatlot saved five break points to open up a 3-0 lead in the second set and he had three more break points that could have sent him even further in front.

Carlos saved those and he broke in the following game to return to the positive side of the scoreboard. The Argentinian saved a break point in game six and he moved ahead with a break in game nine, closing the match with a hold at 15 in the following game for a 6-4 and a chance to win another Challenger title.

* Shanghai, China, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Blaz Kavcic has booked the place in his 28th Challenger final when the young Serb Miomir Kecmanovic had to retire in the third set while trailing 4-6 7-6 1-0 after two hours and 11 minutes of play. Miomir grabbed the opening set with a break in game nine and he moved 3-2 ahead in the second to get closer to the finish line.

Blaz broke back in the very next game and they both served well until the tie break. The problem for the youngster was that he already started to feel pain in his leg and he lost the breaker 7-4, unable to continue the match after suffering a break at the start of the final set.

* Cary, USA, $50,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : After reaching the final in Chicago last week, Reilly Opelka has entered the fourth title match at this level and the third of the season following a 6-3 6-4 win over Kaichi Uchida in only an hour. The giant served blasted 21 aces and he lost just 12 points on serve, saving all three break points he faced to keep the pressure on the Japanese.

Uchida was unable to follow that pace and he suffered one break in each set to miss a chance of playing in the final. Opelka had to save two break points in the opening game of the match and he scored a break at 2-1 that he kept in the rest of the set for a 6-3.

The second set was decided in the fifth game when the American moved ahead and he cemented the break after fending off a break point in the following game for a 4-2. Serving for the match, Reilly held at 15 in game 10 to secure the place in the final where he will compete for his third Challenger crown. Semi-final results:

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