Diego Dedura-Palomero writes Challenger history at 16

The young German Diego Dedura-Palomero notched his first Challenger win

by Jovica Ilic
Diego Dedura-Palomero writes Challenger history at 16
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Diego Dedura-Palomero, 16, wrote history at the Schwaben Open Challenger in Augsburg. The young German made a successful Challenger debut, toppling Daniel Dutra da Silva 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 28 minutes. Thus, Dedura-Palomero became the first player born in 2008 to win a Challenger match.

The youngster trailed 7-6, 4-1 before embracing a notable comeback, prevailing in the second set and ousting a fellow qualifier in the decider to advance into the second round. The rain sent them off the court for two hours and 40 minutes at 5-5 in the second set.

Dedura-Palomero returned stronger and clinched eight of the final ten games, emerging over the top in style and writing history books. The home player claimed eight points more thanks to the final set and ousted the more experienced opponent in the decisive moments.

Diego denied 13 out of 16 break points and grabbed six breaks from ten opportunities.

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A left-handed teenager made a slow start, facing two break points in the first game of the encounter after the rival's forehand winner.

Dutra da Silva painted another forehand down the line winner, earning a break at 15 and clinching an early advantage. The Brazilian held at love in game two with a service winner, cementing the lead and making another push on the return at 2-0.

Daniel caused Diego's error, securing another return game and extending the advantage. Dutra da Silva took the fourth with a forehand winner after a deuce, looking good to clinch the opener in no time. Dedura-Palomero landed a backhand winner at deuce in the fifth game and closed the game with a service winner, reducing the deficit and launching his comeback.

The German pulled one break back in game six and denied a break point in the next one, closing it with an unreturned serve and moving closer to his opponent.

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16-year-old Diego Dedura-Palomero claimed his first Challenger win in Augsburg.

Dutra da Silva held at 15 in game eight, moving 5-3 in front and forcing Dedura-Palomero to serve to stay in the set.

Diego grabbed the ninth game at 15 and earned a break point in the next one after Daniel's loose forehand. A teenager placed a forehand return winner, delivering a break and prolonging the set. The home player passed another test in game 11, fending off two break points and moving in front.

The more experienced player held at love in game 12 with a service winner and gained a boost ahead of a tie break. The Brazilian clinched mini-breaks in the first and the fourth points and created five set points after the German's wayward backhand.

Dutra da Silva seized the first after Dedura-Palomero's forehand error for 7-6 after 50 minutes. Daniel closed the first game of the second set with an ace and welcomed the youngster's forehand error in the next one for a break and a 2-0 advantage.

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Dutra da Silva closed the third game with a backhand down the line winner, cementing the lead and moving closer to the finish line. Dedura-Palomero closed the fourth game with a forehand winner after an extended rally before falling 4-1 behind after another reliable hold from his opponent.

The young gun landed a forehand winner in the sixth game and raised his level on the return in the next one. Diego pulled the break back after Daniel's double fault, reducing the deficit and serving at 3-4. A teenager faced a stern test in the eighth game, playing against three break points and denying them to stay on the positive side.

Dutra da Silva missed a routine volley on the third, which probably cost him the win. The Brazilian saved a break point in the ninth game, and the German landed a service winner in the next one while serving to stay in the match for 5-5 before the rain delay.

Daniel served in the 11th game and experienced issues.

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He missed a forehand on the third break point, falling behind and pushing a teenager in front. Diego served for the set in the 12th game and held at 15 with a service winner, stealing the set and gathering a boost ahead of the decider.

The Brazilian squandered two game points at the beginning of the final set and lost serve after the German's fine attack and a forehand winner. Dedura-Palomero portrayed his fighting spirit in the second game, erasing five break points and wrapping up the game with a forehand winner for 2-0 and a boost of confidence.

Dutra da Silva grabbed the third game after deuces before spraying a backhand error at 1-2, keeping his young rival in front. Diego closed the sixth game with a forehand drive-volley winner and ended Daniel's resistance with a break at love that sent him 5-2 in front. The German served for the win in game eight and landed a service winner for 6-2 and a place in the second round.