Bradley Klahn and Reilly Opelka lead American charge


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Bradley Klahn and Reilly Opelka lead American charge

* Bangalore, India, $150,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : The 4th seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran is through to his fourth Challenger final and the third of the season after a commanding 6-4 6-1 win over Brayden Schnur in 57 minutes. The Indian was untouchable in his games, dropping 10 points in eight service games to avoid break points and keep the pressure on the Canadian all the time.

Brayden couldn't match those numbers and he lost almost half of the points in his games, having to play against seven break points and getting broken four times. The first set was decided in the opening game when Gunneswaran earned a break that he carried towards the finish line and he earned three breaks in set number two to secure the place in the final where he will face another Indian Saketh Myneni.

* Houston, USA, $150,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : The Oracle Challenger Series will finish its 2018 campaign in Houston at the brand new $7 million George R.

Brown Tennis Complex at the Rice University. Baylor University freshman Roy Smith is making his debut at Challenger level and he reached the final as the second lowest-ranked player this season (870th) after Kamil Majchrzak retired in the second set with Smith leading 6-4 2-3. Smith saved seven out of eight break points and he did enough to stay ahead before the Pole decided to retire and send the 20-year-old into his biggest final in a career so far where he will face the 2nd seed Bradley Klahn who is through to his 13th Challenger final and the first since July.

Klahn defeated Dominik Koepfer 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 13 minutes, losing serve once and converting three break chances to secure the place in the final and cement his year-end Top 100 position. * Champaign, USA, $75,000 (Indoor Hard) : An in-form Reilly Opelka has secured the place in the sixth Challenger final after a 2-6 6-4 6-4 over the fellow American youngster Tommy Paul in an hour and 42 minutes. Reilly won just one point more than his rival who read the giant server's initial shot beautifully in the opening set before Opelka took charge to overcome the deficit and prevail with one break in sets two and three.

A qualifier Ryan Shane has won just three Challenger matches but he will now have a chance to fight for the biggest title of his career after a dominant 6-4 6-3 win against Blaz Rola in just 54 minutes, firing 12 aces and losing just 13 points in nine service games.

The American played well on the return as well and he grabbed three breaks to march into his first final at this level. Semi-final results:

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