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From NY To Shanghai: O'Connell Wins Challenger Crown, Reaches Career-High

  • Posted: Sep 11, 2023

From NY To Shanghai: O’Connell Wins Challenger Crown, Reaches Career-High

Seyboth Wild collects back-to-back titles

Following Christopher O’Connell’s second-round appearance at the US Open, where he pushed finalist Daniil Medvedev to four sets, the Australian made the long journey from New York to Shanghai, where he competed at the ATP Challenger 100 event, the Road to the Rolex Shanghai Masters.

Despite the lengthy trip, the 29-year-old did not drop a set en route to the title, which lifted him to a career-high No. 53 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. O’Connell, who is one of six Challenger champions this week, defeated Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki 6-3, 7-5 in the final. Despite Watanuki’s 20 aces, O’Connell held the edge on second serve, winning 68 per cent of his second-serve points, compared to his opponent’s 32 per cent.

“I loved playing here. As soon as I arrived here, I felt pretty comfortable. It was a tough trip coming from the US Open, playing a tough match against Medvedev,” O’Connell said. “I continued playing some really good tennis. I love the conditions here, the humidity. I’ve been training prior to the US Open in Florida with conditions similar to this, so that really helped with how I played this week.”

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The ATP Challenger Tour made its long-awaited return to China three weeks ago after a near four-year absence on the calendar. Starting next week, China will host four tour-level tournaments in as many weeks. O’Connell looks to maintain his form in Asia. He will next play the Guangzhou Challenger before competing at the ATP 250 event in Chengdu.

“My goal is to finish the season inside the Top 50. Playing here is going to put me in really good stead for the Masters [1000 event] in a couple weeks’ time,” O’Connell said.

In other Challenger action, Thiago Seyboth Wild captured his second consecutive trophy, extending his winning streak to 10 by winning the AON Open Challenger in Genoa, Italy. The 23-year-old defeated five Italians en route to the title and downed home favourite Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6(3) in the final.

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Thiago Seyboth Wild wins the Challenger 125 event in Genoa, Italy. Credit: AON Open Challenger

Following his triumph, Seyboth Wild surged to a career-high No. 76 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, marking his Top 100 debut.

“It feels great to be in the Top 100. I started the year outside the Top 400, so this is an important step for me,” said Seyboth Wild, who leads the ATP Challenger Tour with four titles and 38 match wins this season. “I’ve been working hard all year with my team and I hope to continue to climb the rankings.”

The Brazilian No. 1 has enjoyed a standout season, with a breakthrough moment coming at Roland Garros. Seyboth Wild advanced through qualifying and upset Daniil Medvedev in the opening round en route to a third-round appearance. He became the lowest-ranked player (then-No. 172) to beat a second seed in the first round at Roland Garros since 1998.

Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena successfully defended his title on the unique yellow clay at the LX Copa Sevilla. The top seed cruised past Frenchman Calvin Hemery 6-3, 6-1 in the final to lift his 11th Challenger trophy and first of this season.

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Roberto Carballes Baena collects back-to-back titles at the Seville Challenger. CredIt: Manuel J. Pérez/Copa Sevilla

The 30-year-old, who in April won the ATP 250 event in Marrakech, joins Arthur Fils as the only players to win a tour-level and Challenger title this season. Carballes Baena is the third player to defend a Challenger crown in 2023, alongside Jurij Rodionov and Hugo Dellien.

Mattia Bellucci is one spot shy of tying his career-high No. 142 following his title run at the Cassis Open Provence by Cabesto in France. The Italian lefty overcame Czech Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-4 in the final to win his third Challenger trophy and first of the year.

“I’m really, really happy because I was not feeling well on court the first six months of the year. I qualified at the Australian Open and really raised my expectations, I was just rushing and not believing in time,” Bellucci said. “This is a good step for me also because I think I played well.”

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Mattia Bellucci wins his third Challenger title in Cassis, France. Credit: All In Group

Vit Kopriva was crowned champion at the NO OPEN powered by EVN in Tulln, Austria. In the final, the Czech ousted Indian Sumit Nagal 6-2, 6-4 after winning 80 per cent of his first-serve points. The 26-year-old has won 11 of his past 12 Challenger matches, including a title run in Verona in July.

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Vit Kopriva wins the Challenger 100 event in Tulln, Austria. Credit: Manfred Binder

Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur collected the title at the Istanbul Challenger TED Open, where the 31-year-old defeated Slovakian Lukas Klein 7-6(5), 6-3 in the final to win his first trophy at any level since 2018. A three-time tour-level titlist, the former World No. 23 earned his maiden hard-court Challenger crown by ending his five-match skid in finals at that level.

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Damir Dzumhur wins the Challenger 75 event in Istanbul, Turkiye. Credit: Istanbul Challenger TED Open

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Stricker Climbs To Seventh In Live Race To Jeddah

  • Posted: Sep 11, 2023

Stricker Climbs To Seventh In Live Race To Jeddah

Shelton consolidates position

Dominic Stricker has moved within the qualification cut for the Next Gen ATP Finals after he enjoyed a breakthrough run to the fourth round at the US Open.

The 21-year-old Swiss star, who reached the semi-finals at the 21-and-under event in 2022, is up three spots to seventh in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Jeddah (576 points) after coming through qualifying in New York to reach the last 16. Stricker upset Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round for his first Top 10 win before he lost against Taylor Fritz.

Earlier this season, the lefty earned his first Grand Slam win at Wimbledon, while he clinched ATP Challenger Tour crowns in Italy and the Czech Republic.

Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Jeddah

Player  Points
1) Carlos Alcaraz  8,175
2) Holger Rune 3,055
3) Ben Shelton 1,455
4) Lorenzo Musetti 1,300
5) Arthur Fils 953
6) Luca Van Assche  597
7) Dominic Stricker 576
8) Alex Michelsen 492
9) Hamad Medjedovic 485
10) Arthur Cazaux 455

American Ben Shelton further consolidated his position in the Live Race To Jeddah after soaring to the semi-finals on home soil in New York. The 20-year-old has jumped to third (1,455 points), leapfrogging fifth-placed Arthur Fils (953 points) and fourth-placed Lorenzo Musetti (1,300 points).

Czech star Jakub Mensik has also boosted his chances of competing at the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held from 28 November-2 December in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The 17-year-old reached the third round at a major for the first time in New York. He is up 11 places to 14th (342 points).

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Shelton Cracks Top 20, Mover Of Week

  • Posted: Sep 11, 2023

Shelton Cracks Top 20, Mover Of Week looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 11 September 2023

The last major of the season at the US Open threw up more storylines, from Novak Djokovic’s title run to Ben Shelton’s big breakthrough. looks at the movers of the week in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as of Monday, 11th September 2023.

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No. 19 Ben Shelton, +28 (Career High)
The American has jumped into the Top 20 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time after he advanced to his first major semi-final at the US Open. The 20-year-old defeated countrymen Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe en route to becoming the youngest American semi-finalist in New York since Michael Chang in 1992.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic, +1 (Joint Career High)
The 36-year-old made history again in New York, where he captured a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, matching Margaret Court’s mark. The Serbian, who has now won the US Open four times, dropped just two sets en route to his fifth trophy of the season. He defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final, avenging his 2021 loss in the title match.

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No. 6 Andrey Rublev, +2
Rublev maintained his consistency at majors at the US Open, where he advanced to his third major quarter-final of the season. The 25-year-old, who is 44-18 on the season, fell against Medvedev in the last eight.

No. 10 Alexander Zverev, +2
The German has jumped back into the Top 10 for the first time since last October after he advanced to the quarter-finals at the US Open. The 26-year-old showed signs of his best level in Flushing Meadows, where he earned a statement fourth-round win against Jannik Sinner.

No. 90 Dominic Stricker, +38 (Career High)
#NextGenATP Swiss star Stricker has broken into the Top 100 for the first time following his breakthrough run at the US Open. The 21-year-old came through qualifying to advance to the fourth round at a major for the first time. Stricker had only won one Grand Slam match prior to New York.

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Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, +2
No. 8 Taylor Fritz, +1
No. 22 Nicolas Jarry, +3 (Career High)
No. 28 Sebastian Baez, +4 (Career High)
No. 40 Stan Wawrinka, +9
No. 47 Matteo Arnaldi, +14 (Career High)
No. 49 Daniel Altmaier, +4 (Career High)
No. 53 Christopher O’Connell, +16 (Career High)
No. 73 Dominic Thiem, +8
No. 76 Thiago Seyboth Wild, +30 (Career High)
No. 77 Yosuke Watanuki, +7 (Career High)
No. 81 Michael Mmoh, +8 (Career High)
No. 82 Rinky Hijikata, +28 (Career High)
No. 87 Hugo Gaston, +12

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Djokovic Takes Lead In Live Race, Boosts Year-end No. 1 Hopes

  • Posted: Sep 11, 2023

Djokovic Takes Lead In Live Race, Boosts Year-end No. 1 Hopes

Serbian leads second-placed Alcaraz by 770 points

Novak Djokovic boosted his hopes of securing the ATP Year-End No. 1 presented by Pepperstone for a record-extending eighth time when he clinched his 24th major title at the US Open on Sunday.

Djokovic entered the final in New York knowing defeat against Daniil Medvedev would leave him trailing Carlos Alcaraz in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. His advantage against third-placed Medvedev would have also been cut to 755 points.

The Serbian has now given himself some breathing room, though, with his straight-sets victory against the 27-year-old Medvedev lifting him to first in the Live Race To Turin on 8,945 points, 770 points ahead of second-placed Carlos Alcaraz (8,175). The 36-year-old is 2,355 points clear of Medvedev (6,590), who qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals following his fourth-round win at the US Open.

Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin

 Player  Points
 1) Novak Djokovic  8,945
 2) Carlos Alcaraz  8,175
 3) Daniil Medvedev  6,590
 4) Jannik Sinner  4,365
 5) Andrey Rublev  3,640
 6) Stefanos Tsitsipas  3,570
 7) Holger Rune   3,055
 8) Alexander Zverev  3,030
 9) Taylor Fritz  3,010
 10) Casper Ruud  2,625

Andrey Rublev has also climbed one place to fifth (3,640) in the Live Race To Turin after reaching the quarter-finals at the hard-court major. The 25-year-old is aiming to qualify for the prestigious year-end event for the fourth consecutive year.

Two-time Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev has moved to within the qualification cut after jumping to eighth (3,030). The German, who lost against Alcaraz in the quarter-finals, is 20 points ahead of ninth-placed Taylor Fritz (3,010).

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‘He’s One Of A Kind’: Ivanisevic Lauds Djokovic

  • Posted: Sep 11, 2023

As a coach of Novak Djokovic since 2019, Goran Ivanisevic has become increasingly familiar with the post-Grand Slam victory routine.

“I like these press conferences, because that means he won a Grand Slam,” said Ivanisevic on Sunday night at the US Open, where Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev to claim his 24th major crown.

Djokovic again underlined his reputation as one of sport’s greatest fighters by holding off Medvedev in a lung-busting 104-minute second set en route to victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium. With his fourth US Open crown, he tied Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam singles trophies in history.

“He’s a genius. He’s one of kind,” said Ivanisevic of Djokovic. “There are not too many people in this world like him sport-wise. This is one of the biggest achievements in sporting history. We’re not talking about tennis. We are talking generally in sport.

“He’s a winner. He’s the guy who is self-motivating. He had luck to have guys like Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer come before him, so they pushed each other, but he’s a born winner. For him, when you tell him he cannot do something, it’s even worse. Then he’s going to show you that he can do it.

“There are no excuses. He always try to find a way how to win, how to fight, even when he’s not feeling well, injured, not injured.”

That ability to fight back from disappointment was key for Djokovic following his agonising five-set Wimbledon final defeat to Carlos Alcaraz. Ivanisevic cited the Serbian’s ability to quickly shed any emotional baggage from that loss as key to his successful American hard-court summer, during which he also claimed a record-extending 39th ATP Masters 1000 crown at the Western & Southern Open.

“We came to Cincinnati. [Wimbledon] was not even mentioned one time,” said Ivanisevic. “It’s past. When you lose, it’s past. You know you can’t get it back. That day Carlos was better player, and he won. Very simple.

“He won Cincinnati. He’s the guy who is just forgetting things and moving on. That’s why he’s so good. That’s why these four-and-a-half weeks in the States, he was happy that he could play here and it was really, really enjoyable and fun.”

In the four years Ivanisevic has been part of Team Djokovic, the Serbian has lifted eight Grand Slam crowns. That includes Djokovic winning three majors in each of 2021 and 2023, when he turned 34 and 36 years of age, respectively.

“I’m not surprised,” said Ivanisevic, when asked about Djokovic’s ability to continue winning Slams deep into his 30s. “He’s just enjoying it. He likes the challenges. If he wins 25, he’s going to think, If I win 25, why not 26? It’s always one more, something more.

“He’s taking care of his body, he’s taking care of everything, every single detail has to be perfect, prepared. He’s never happy on the court, I don’t know if that’s good or bad, not good for us,” joked Ivanisievic.

“Generally [it] just does drives him through and he wants more and more. That’s why he wants everything perfect to be on the court, at practice, and that’s why he has unbelievable results.”


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Rod Laver & Billie Jean King Salute Djokovic After His US Open Win

  • Posted: Sep 11, 2023

Novak Djokovic’s fellow tennis legends Rod Laver and Billie Jean King were quick to pay tribute to the Serbian after he notched his 24th Grand Slam crown Sunday night at the US Open.

Juan Martin del Potro, WTA star Viktoria Azarenka and Brad Gilbert, who helped coach Coco Gauff to women’s singles glory at Flushing Meadows, also praised Djokovic after he tied Margaret Court for the most major singles trophies in history.

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