Jordan Thompson, Nicola Kuhn, Miomir Kecmanovic and Tommy Paul reach final


Jordan Thompson, Nicola Kuhn, Miomir Kecmanovic and Tommy Paul reach final

* Shenzhen 2, China, $75,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : The 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic has reached his third Challenger final and the second of the season after a 7-5 6-4 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov in an hour and 19 minutes. Miomir played well behind both the first and second serve and he lost just 12 points in 11 service games, facing one break point in the entire encounter.

Nedovyesov converted it but that wasn't enough for a more positive outcome, playing against eight break points and suffering three breaks to end his run in the semi-final. Kecmanovic sailed through his service games in the opener and he seized the sixth break point since the start of the match in the 11th game to move 6-5 up, taking the opener with a hold at love in the following game.

They traded three breaks of serve at the start of the second set and Miomir grabbed two to stay ahead, controlling the scoreboard by the end of the match to set the final meeting with Blaz Kavcic who ousted a former junior Wimbledon champion Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 20 minutes for the 29th Challenger final.

* Canberra 2, Australia, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) : Home favorite Jordan Thompson is through to his 18th Challenger final and the eighth of the season following a 6-4 7-5 win over Maxime Janvier in an hour and 36 minutes. The Aussie suffered three breaks but he erased that deficit with a rock solid performance on the return, winning almost half of the points in Janvier's games and scoring five breaks to wrap up the win in straight sets.

Jordan was off to a better start and he had a chance to move 4-0 up with a double break. Instead of that, the Frenchman bounced back with two breaks in games five and seven to move 4-3 up before Thompson raised his level again to grab the last three games and the set 6-4.

Jordan forged a 5-2 lead in set number two but he got broken while serving for the win at 5-3, allowing Janvier to climb back to 5-5 before he lost serve in game 12 to send the Aussie into the title match. There, Jordan will face the upcoming Spaniard Nicola Kuhn who was ranked inside the Top 200 before injury plagued his season, starting to make a comeback and looking for a much better 2019.

Nicolas defeated the 2nd seed Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 6-4 after losing just 13 points and serve and never facing a break point. * Charlottesville, USA, $75,000 (Indoor Hard) : The 21-year-old Tommy Paul has entered the Charlottesville Challenger main draw as a lucky loser and he showed some impressive tennis to advance into the second Challenger final, competing in the first one three years ago here in Charlottesville as well! Tommy needed an hour and seven minutes to topple the top seed Bradley Klahn 6-3 6-3, losing 16 points in nine service games to save the only break point he faced and keep the pressure on the higher-ranked player all the time. Klahn was not on the same level, dropping more than 40% of the points in his games and suffering three breaks that ruled him out from the place in the title match.

Paul found the rhythm right from the start, serving well and earning breaks in games three and nine for the best possible start of the match. He clinched another break in the second game of the second set and brought the match home from there, setting the final meeting with the 8th seed Peter Polansky who ousted another young American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in straight sets.

* Eckental, Germany, €43,000+H (Indoor Carpet) : Ruben Bemelmans has been one of the best lower-ranked players on an indoor carpet surface and he has proved that in Eckental this week as well, beating Evgeny Donskoy 6-2 6-3 in an hour and two minutes for the place in the 18th Challenger final and the first since Scheveningen in July 2017. Ruben delivered a fine performance in his games, losing 15 points in nine games and saving three out of four break points to mount the pressure on the other side of the net that Donskoy failed to endure.

The Russian lost almost half of the points behind his initial shot and that's not something you can easily fix on such a fast court, facing nine break points and getting broken four times to end his journey in the semis. The Belgian controlled the scoreboard in the opening set with two breaks and he regrouped his game after a slower start in set number two, winning six of the last seven games to secure the place in the final where he will face Antoine Hoang. Semi-final results:

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