German tennis player Dustin Brown admits he came to the Sophia Antipolis Challenger with no expectations but still it ended up a great week for him at the French Challenger event. World No. 219 Brown beat 109th-ranked Filip Krajinovic 6-3 7-5 in the Sophia Antipolis final.
The German broke the Serb in the second game and then confirmed the break after saving a break point in the following game to take a 3-0 first-set lead. Brown, 34, managed to serve out for the set in the ninth game despite facing two break points.
Krajinovic broke Brown in the sixth game to take a 4-2 second-set lead before the German broke the Serb twice in a row to go 5-4 up. Yet, Brown failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game but kept his focus as he won the following two games to seal the win.
Brown's run to the title also included wins over Baptiste Creppate, Robin Haase, Kimmer Coppejans, Matteo Donati and Rudolph Molleker. "I came here with no expectations. Coming here and winning the tournament is an unbelievable feeling.
Hopefully, I can carry that on," Brown said post-match, per George Bellshaw. 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Krajinovic joked during his runner-up speech as he said, per George Bellshaw: "I hope not to see you next year.
I hope I'm playing bigger tournaments." Former world No. 64 Brown felt the same way as he said: "Similarly to what he said... if you guys have a 250 and want to give me a wildcard then I'll come!"