Argentina's Andrea Collarini, 27, entered the L'Aquila Challenger final fully locked in and determined to claim his maiden title on the Challenger tour. Collarini, who was ranked at No. 306 in the world last week, demolished No.
1 seed Andrej Martin 6-3 6-1 in the final to fulfill his goal of winning a maiden Challenger title. Martin led 3-2 after the opening five games before Collarini won seven games in a row to open a 6-3 3-0 lead. Martin served out the fourth game of the second set to end Collarini's big run -- but it changed nothing -- as the Argentine answered with winning three games in a row to seal the win.
"I was really focused on every point and didn’t think of anything else. I really wanted to win, giving 100 per cent. That made the difference in the end,” Collarini exclusively told Tennis TourTalk after the L'Aquila final.
Collarini had to play two matches on Sunday as he edged out Carlos Taberner 4-6 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4) to reach the final. "I played three hours in the morning, followed by maybe three hours rest. In the beginning I was hoping for some rain but I am really happy that I played today and it went my way," Collarini added.