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Alcaraz Earns 100th Win To Reach Indian Wells Fourth Round

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2023

Alcaraz Earns 100th Win To Reach Indian Wells Fourth Round

Spaniard beats Griekspoor, faces Draper on Tuesday night

Carlos Alcaraz had to work hard for his victory against Tallon Griekspoor Monday night at the BNP Paribas Open, but his reward made the late evening shift well worth it. With a 7-6(4), 6-3 result, the 19-year-old secured a milestone moment in his young career by notching his 100th tour-level win.

Now with a 100-32 record, Alcaraz needed the second-fewest matches to hit the century mark among the 28 World No. 1s in the history of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, behind only John McEnroe, who did it in one match fewer.

While the Spaniard will have his sights set on bigger goals this week — namely, winning the Indian Wells title and returning to World No. 1 — he took a moment to address his latest achievement post-match.

“I’m really proud to get my 100th win on the ATP Tour and I hope it’s the first 100 of many,” said Alcaraz, who beat his own internal clock to reach the milestone. “Honestly, I searched that stat today, [but] I didn’t know. I thought it was in the next round,” he admitted through a smile.

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Alcaraz won a closely contested opening set, raising his level in the tie-break after the aggressive Griekspoor matched him shot for shot to that point. While the Spaniard did not consistently hit the heights of his opening-round win against Thanasi Kokkinakis, he still produced plenty of show-stopping winners, complete with his usual complement of drop shots.

Some precision passing shots helped Alcaraz take a 3-0 lead in set two, with the Spaniard saving his first two break points of the tournament to consolidate an early break. Down 0/30 as he served out the match, he dialed up the power to win the final four points of the match, with NBA legends Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki among those enjoying the show.

Next up for Alcaraz is Briton Jack Draper, who defeated Andy Murray 7-6(6), 6-2 earlier on Monday night. The pair will contest a second ATP Head2Head meeting on Tuesday evening, after Alcaraz won a three-setter in Basel last October.

“I’m ready. I love playing those kind of matches,” said the Spaniard. “Jack’s playing really well. I played against him just once in Basel, not a long time ago. It was really tough. I know that I have to put my best level, I have to show my 100 per cent to [beat] a great opponent like Jack. I think it’s going to be a really beautiful match to watch for the crowd and obviously I’m going to enjoy the match.”

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7 Key Matches In Alcaraz's Fast Path To 100 Wins

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2023

7 Key Matches In Alcaraz’s Fast Path To 100 Wins

Seven of the Spaniard’s best, biggest and most memorable victories so far

Carlos Alcaraz’s victory against Tallon Griekspoor on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was his 100th tour-level win, and the Spaniard’s rapid progression to that milestone places him in prestigious company.

With his 100-32 tour-level record, the 19-year-old Alcaraz has earned second place on the list of fewest matches to 100 wins among players to reach No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings at some stage during their career. Only American great John McEnroe (100-31) reached his century faster than Alcaraz, who sits above Andre Agassi (100-35), Rafael Nadal (100-37), and Mats Wilander/Jimmy Connors (both 100-38) on the list.

To celebrate his achievement, looks at some of Alcaraz’s most memorable victories from his journey to 100.

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Win No. 1: ‘I Will Remember Rio Forever’
The 16-year-old Alcaraz announced himself on the ATP Tour in spectacular fashion at the 2020 Rio Open presented by Claro, where he battled past his countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas for victory on his ATP Tour main-draw debut.

Then No. 406 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Alcaraz prevailed 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(2) in a first-round epic that finished at 3am local time in Rio de Janeiro. “I will remember Rio forever,” he later said. “I am very happy to win my first ATP Tour match… There were quite difficult conditions, but if you have the right attitude, the conditions don’t matter. You can achieve anything.”

Win No. 16: A Fearless First Final
Alcaraz had only broken into the Top 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings two months prior to the 2021 Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. Yet the Spaniard had already firmly established himself as one of the top emerging talents on Tour, and his run to his maiden ATP Tour title at the clay-court ATP 250 felt like an almost inevitable milestone moment for a player destined to rise to the very top.

The 18-year-old Alcaraz delivered an emphatic championship match performance against former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet in Croatia to become the youngest tour-level champion since Kei Nishikori in 2008 at Delray Beach. Despite playing in his first tour-level final, Alcaraz showed few signs of nerves as he raced to a 6-2, 6-2 victory against the Frenchman, himself a former teen prodigy.

Win No. 22: Top 10 Takedown
Alcaraz’s third-round win against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the 2021 US Open earned the Spaniard a spot in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, but that was not the only significant aspect of the result. His 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 0-6, 7-6(5) triumph against the then-World No. 3 Tsitsipas was Alcaraz’s first against a Top 10 opponent and served as an announcement that the 18-year-old had already become a genuine threat to all on Tour.

Despite dropping the fourth set against Tsitsipas 0-6, Alcaraz regained his composure to clinch the deciding-set tie-break and become the youngest player to reach the fourth round at a major since 1992. He went one step further in New York, claiming another five-set win against Peter Gojowczyk to reach his maiden major quarter-final, where he was forced to retire due to a thigh issue when trailing Felix Auger-Aliassime by a set and a break.

Win No. 51: Master In Miami
“I have no words to describe how I feel right now,” said Alcaraz after downing Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 to become the third-youngest ATP Masters 1000 titlist in history at the 2022 Miami Open presented by Itau. The biggest title of his fledgling career up to that point, the Spaniard dropped just one set all tournament to become the youngest champion in the 37-year history of the Miami event.

Alcaraz lost the opening three games of the championship match against Ruud but barely looked back from then on as he charged to a one-hour, 52-minute victory. With the win, Alcaraz rose to a then-career-high No. 11 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Win No. 59: Resisting Rafa
In 2021, Rafael Nadal had dropped just three games in a dominant second-round performance against Alcaraz at the Mutua Madrid Open. One year later, Alcaraz gave another demonstration of just how far he had come with a milestone victory in a much-anticipated rematch at the clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event.

A day after he turned 19, Alcaraz held off a trademark Nadal fightback for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 quarter-final win, his first in three ATP Head2Head meetings against his legendary countryman. “It means a lot to me,” said Alcaraz afterwards. “All the hard work that I put in every day pays off today. To beat Rafa, to beat the best player in history on clay, it means a lot to me.”

Win No. 60: Knocking Down A No. 1
Alcaraz’s path through the Madrid draw did not become any easier even after he defeated five-time champion Nadal. Another ATP Tour great, Novak Djokovic, stood in his way in the semi-finals in the Spanish capital, but the 19-year-old again outlasted a vastly more experienced opponent for a statement 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) win.

Alcaraz outhit Djokovic by 51 winners to 24 at the Caja Magic for his first victory against a reigning World No. 1 and his sixth straight Top 10 triumph. By notching maiden wins against two members of the fabled ‘Big 3’ on consecutive days and then downing Alexander Zverev to lift the trophy at the Caja Magica, the Spaniard spectacularly reaffirmed his ability to consistently match the very best on Tour.

Win No. 84: Big Moment In The Big Apple
Alcaraz battled past Marin Cilic, Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoe in three consecutive five-set epics to reach his maiden Grand Slam final at the 2022 US Open. Yet his heavy workload in New York did not stop him producing a remarkably assured championship-match display against Casper Ruud.

In a winner-takes-all clash for the US Open crown and the No. 1 spot in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Alcaraz expertly handled the pressure as he delivered an aggressive display to earn a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 win and his place in the history books. “It is something I have dreamt of since I was a kid,” he said afterwards. “To be No. 1 in the world, to be champion of a Grand Slam… It is something that is really special for me.”

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Alcaraz lifts his maiden Grand Slam trophy in New York. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Draper Wins First Murray Meeting To Extend Indian Wells Debut Run

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2023

Draper Wins First Murray Meeting To Extend Indian Wells Debut Run

Briton to face Alcaraz or Griekspoor in fourth round

Jack Draper was starstruck the first few times he met Andy Murray, but the 21-year-old Briton showcased star power of his own Monday night with a classy performance against his countryman at the BNP Paribas Open.

Draper won the pair’s first ATP Head2Head meeting 7-6(6), 6-2 for his second straight victory against a fellow Briton in Indian Wells, having beaten Daniel Evans in the second round. He saved a set point with an ace at 5-6 in the opening set, then rattled off the final four games to seal a famous result, clinching it on a double fault for his third break of the match.

“I’ve looked up to Andy since I was so young. I watched him win Wimbledon for the first time in 2013 and then I’ve had the opportunity to get to know him and practise with him often since 2019,” the 6-foot-4 lefty said post-match. “He’s a really special person, a great champion, great human being and I’m privileged to play against him on this court.”

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In a two-hour match full of entertaining exchanges, Draper won just enough of them to claim an up-and-down opening set before driving his advantage home in the second by leaning on his lefty serve and forehand. He also attacked the net to great effect throughout, winning 18 of his 26 points from the frontcourt.

“I want to keep on trying to impose my game and use my weapons,” Draper said of his ventures forward. “It’s not easy in these conditions. It’s quite slow tonight, the wind was a bit swirly and obviously playing against Andy, he makes it incredibly awkward for you. It’s something I’m looking to improve with my coach and it’s definitely starting to pay off a little bit more.”

The first of two distinct sets saw 10 break points, with Draper creating seven of them. The Indian Wells debutant made an early statement by powering to a 3-1 lead, but dropped serve to love as he attempted to serve the set out at 5-4. With both men alternating between moments of magic and madness, the set ticked toward a tie-break after consecutive deuce games from 5-5. Draper showed great resilience to fire an ace after gifting Murray a set point and never trailed in a neck-and-neck tie-break.

Set two, by contrast, was dominated by serve, with just two points going to the returner in the first five games. That changed when Draper broke for 4-2, and he escaped 15/40 in the ensuing game before breaking from 40/0 to clinch the win.

The competitors shared an extended embrace at the net post-match, having become good friends despite the 14-year gap in their ages. With the victory, Draper moves within one win of matching his best ATP Masters 1000 result, a quarter-final run in Cincinnati last season.

<a href=''>Andy Murray</a>, <a href=''>Jack Draper</a>
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Up 13 places to No. 43 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings this week, five spots off his career high, he is now guaranteed to finish this week above Murray.

Next up for Draper will be top seed Carlos Alcaraz or Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, who are set to close the day’s play on the stadium court. Should it be another marquee matchup against Alcaraz, Draper is ready.

“Beating Dan and Andy, that’s about as much confidence as I’d need for that match,” he said. “Carlos is another level up, he’s been No 1 in the world, had an exceptional year last year, so it would be amazing to play him again in another real battle.”

The pair met last October in Basel, where Alcaraz came from behind to pull out a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win.

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Pressure? What Pressure? Fritz Races Into 4th Round

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2023

Pressure? What Pressure? Fritz Races Into 4th Round

American drops just three games against Baez

Taylor Fritz’s title defence at the BNP Paribas Open moved into high gear Monday when the American dropped just three games in a scorching third-round win over Sebastian Baez.

After needing to rally from a set down in Saturday’s opener against countryman Ben Shelton, Fritz dominated the World No. 35 Argentine 6-1, 6-2 to set up a fourth-round meeting with Hungarian veteran Marton Fucsovics.

Defending 1000 points this week, 25-year-old Fritz finds himself at No. 10 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, having come into the tournament at a career-high No. 5. The California native is acutely aware what’s at stake, but showed no signs of the pressure he is playing under against Baez.

“I’m trying to take it like it’s any other tournament, but I’m reminded that I’m defending the title every, like, hour or so,” Fritz said with a smile. “It’s tough to forget that, but I am trying to take it like how it is.”

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Fritz said that he was focussed more on the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, hoping to return to the Nitto ATP Finals after making his debut in Turin last year. “We start over at zero, the race, the race is the race. I’m just trying to have good results to put myself in the best position to end the year at the highest spot in the race.

Fritz won the first four games against Baez in a dominant start — though he had to erase a break point in the first game. The fifth seed served for a 6-0 second set but instead served out the win to love on his second attempt.

In the one-hour, 10-minute match, Fritz lost just three points on first serve (21/24) and finished with 19 winners. He broke the Baez serve six times on 12 chances, denying the Argentine his first Top 5 win.

Fucsovics was also off the court quickly, requiring one hour, 18 minutes to move past Molcan 6-4, 6-2. The Hungarian did not face a break point in the match, losing just six total points on serve.

The 31-year-old Fucsovics, who this week is up 11 places to No. 73 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, began the year at the Challenger level, winning the Canberra title. Soon after he pushed Jannik Sinner to five sets in the Australian Open third round but came into Indian Wells on the back of a first-round loss in Dubai qualifying.

Tuesday’s meeting between Fritz and Fucsovics will open the pair’s ATP Head2Head series.

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Kovacevic, Hijikata Advance In Phoenix Challenger Qualies

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2023

Kovacevic, Hijikata Advance In Phoenix Challenger Qualies

Italian Bellucci also advances

Down a set-and-a-break, American Aleksandar Kovacevic rallied to stay alive in the Arizona Tennis Classic qualifying.

The 24-year-old earned a hard-fought 6-7(12), 7-6(6), 6-2 victory on Monday against Frenchman Geoffrey Blancaneaux after three hours, 10 minutes.

In the opening set tie-break, World No. 155 Blancaneaux fended off Kovacevic’s two set points before converting his eighth set point. The Frenchman then served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Kovacevic increased his level to advance to the second round of qualifying at the Phoenix Challenger.

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“Sometimes when you’re in those situations, a guy serving for the match, it’s kind of freeing, you’re thinking ‘I might as well go out swinging!’” Kovacevic said post-match. “If I was going to lose, I wanted to lose the right way, which is playing my game and being aggressive.

“I knew if I could put my game together a little bit that I could win a lot of points. I put it all together in that game [where he served for the match]. It gave me a little bit of confidence.”

Kovacevic, who is No. 107 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, will next meet countryman Bjorn Fratangelo for a spot in the star-studded main draw, which features Matteo Berrettini, Diego Schwartzman, Richard Gasquet, and Gael Monfils. Fratangelo, who earlier this month announced his engagement to WTA star Madison Keys, ousted Elias Ymer 6-4, 7-6(6).

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In other qualifying action, Australian Rinky Hijikata won seven of nine break points to defeat Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-3. The 22-year-old, who triumphed at the Burnie Challenger in February, will clash Tuesday against Jan-Lennard Struff, who defeated Enzo Couacaud 6-4, 6-3. #NextGenATP Swiss Leandro Riedi cruised past Puerto Vallarta Challenger champion Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-1. Italian Mattia Bellucci downed American wild card Murphy Cassone 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Nathan Ponwith, who hails from Arizona, caused the first upset of the Phoenix Challenger qualifying by taking out fourth seed Yosuke Watanuki 7-6(2), 6-2.

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Rivalries: Medvedev vs. Zverev

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2023

Rivalries: Medvedev vs. Zverev

Pair will meet on Tuesday in Indian Wells

Standing at 6’6”, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev’s attributes have helped them reach the top of the game. The pair crush serves and are good defenders, using their long levers to hang in points and turn the tables.

When facing off, Medvedev and Zverev have had tight clashes on Tour. Zverev won the first four matches of their rivalry, but Medvedev has since responded, winning five of their past six encounters. Locked at 6-6 in their ATP Head2Head series, they will meet again on Tuesday in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open.

“I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of rallies,” Medvedev said looking ahead to the clash. “It’s going to come down to who makes after 20 shots, the best shot to try to put your opponent off balance, which is not easy to do here.

“He’s coming back, he’s playing better and better. I think he’s not yet at where he was when he got injured, but every new match against a top player is an opportunity for him to bring back this level. So I’m going to have to try to play my best, and postpone it for at least [the] next tournament.”

Ahead of their 13th encounter, looks at three of their past blockbusters.

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Miami Open presented by Itau 2018, Second Round, Zverev d. Medvedev 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(5)
Miami was a special place for Zverev at the start of his career. It was the site of his first ATP Masters 1000 win in 2015 as well as his first Top 10 victory at the elite level in 2017 when he defeated top seed Stan Wawrinka en route to the quarter-finals.

In 2018, his second-round victory against Medvedev acted as a springboard for further success, with the German going on to reach the final (l. to Isner).

Taking a 2-0 ATP Head2Head series lead against Medvedev into the match, Zverev combined power with guile. The then-20-year-old fired 25 winners during the match and caused Medvedev trouble with his backhand slice. He forced Medvedev low and disrupted his rhythm to draw errors in the third-set tie-break, including a misfired forehand on match point.

“He’s one of the best servers on Tour,” Zverev said. “On his serve, anything can happen. I was just happy to take my chances in the tie-break and capitalise at 6/5 to win the match.”

Competing for the 200th time at tour-level, Zverev improved to 126-74 with his win.

ATP Cup 2021, SF, Medvedev d. Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
In just the first week of the 2021 season, Medvedev and Zverev met in Melbourne as they competed at the ATP Cup.

Medvedev had swept aside Diego Schwartzman and Kei Nishikori in his opening two matches of the year, while Zverev had downed Denis Shapovalov before he lost to Novak Djokovic in three sets.

Playing under the closed roof on Rod Laver Arena, Medvedev played patiently as he overcame a serving onslaught from Zverev by adjusting his return position, standing deeper behind the baseline to rally from a break down in the second set. In a tight decider, a double fault from Zverev gave Medvedev the late break at 6-5 and from there he secured victory, fending off five break points in his final service game to win.

“When it’s against Sascha and you are 6-3, 3-2 break down, many times you’re going to lose a match,” Medvedev said. “But I needed to keep my chances alive for the team first of all, for the country. I just tried to stay there, got a bit tight maybe. I just did my job and I’m really happy about it.”

Nitto ATP Finals 2021, Round Robin, Medvedev d. Zverev 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(6)
In one of the matches of the 2021 season, Medvedev and Zverev went blow-to-blow for two hours and 35 minutes in group play in Turin, before Medvedev once again came out on top to earn his fifth straight win against the German.

Both came into the match holding a 1-0 round-robin record after Medvedev downed Hubert Hurkacz, while Zverev had led Matteo Berrettini by a set before the Italian was forced to retire due to injury.

The pair, who also met in the round-robin stage at the season finale in 2020, struck their groundstrokes fiercely with Medvedev successfully soaking up the German’s heavy-hitting. In a tense third-set tie-break, Medvedev found a deep return on his backhand to move 6/4 ahead, but Zverev stepped up to save both match points as Medvedev attempted to serve and volley. However, it only delayed the outcome, with Medvedev sealing victory on his third match point to reach the semi-finals.

“Definitely one of the matches to remember,” Medvedev said.

Zverev quickly gained revenge, however, snapping a five-match losing streak to defeat Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match five days later to clinch his second Nitto ATP Finals crown.

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Bloodied Felix Sets Paul Meeting In Indian Wells

  • Posted: Mar 13, 2023

Bloodied Felix Sets Paul Meeting In Indian Wells

Canadian caught himself with racquet in first set

Felix Auger-Aliassime was left bloodied but unbeaten Monday after he caught himself with his racquet during his 7-5, 6-4 victory against Francisco Cerundolo at the BNP Paribas Open.

At 2-0 in the first set, the Canadian accidentally struck himself on the chin when returning the Argentine’s serve. The 22-year-old immediately walked to his chair where he was bandaged up before returning to court to book his spot in the fourth round after two hours and 10 minutes.

Auger-Aliassime, who defeated Pedro Martinez in his opening match, played aggressive, front-foot tennis throughout the clash. He hit through Cerundolo and overcame a late wobble when trying to serve out the match. After failing to hold at 5-2, the eighth seed eventually sealed victory at the second time of asking, converting his fifth match point to improve to 2-0 in their ATP Head2Head series.

Auger-Aliassime is chasing his first ATP Masters 1000 crown and maiden tour-level title of the season this week in California. He is up to No. 7 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings following his 10th win of the season.

The four-time tour-level champion has advanced to the quarter-finals at the past five ATP Masters 1000 events he has played and will aim to make it six when he takes on Tommy Paul. The 22-year-old is aiming to jumpstart his season in Indian Wells, after suffering early exits in Adelaide, at the Australian Open and Dubai earlier this year.

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The American Paul continued his impressive start to the season when he downed ninth-seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

In front of a lively home crowd, Paul demonstrated great agility, scrambling around the baseline to withstand Hurkacz’s heavy ballstriking and advance after one hour and 54 minutes.

“I stuck to the game plan more in the [second set],” Paul said. “The first set I don’t think was very pretty tennis overall. I played a sloppy game at 4-5 and went to the bathroom and gave myself a couple of slaps and came out and brought some more energy.”

Paul, who hit 26 winners against Hurkacz to level their ATP Head2Head series at 1-1, is currently No. 19 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings after enjoying a positive beginning to the year.

Paul reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January before he advanced to the final in Acapulco. He now holds a 14-4 record on the season, having defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in his opening match in Indian Wells.

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Virtanen, Marozsan Win Challenger Titles To Reach Career-Highs

  • Posted: Mar 13, 2023

Virtanen, Marozsan Win Challenger Titles To Reach Career-Highs

Dellien wins Santiago Challenger for third time

After claiming their maiden ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2022, Finland’s Otto Virtanen and Hungarian Fabian Marozsan returned to the winners’ circle this week and are both now at career-high marks in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

Virtanen, 21, claimed the Lugano Challenger while Marozsan won on the clay courts of Antalya, Turkey.

In Switzerland, Virtanen defeated Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4, 7-6(5) in the final to collect the Challenger BancaStato Citta Di Lugano and climb to No. 139 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

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A two-time Challenger titlist, Virtanen earned his first Challenger title this past October when he advanced through qualifying en route to winning the Bergamo Challenger.

The 23-year-old Marozsan dropped just one set all week to win the Megasaray Hotels Open. In the championship match, the second seed downed Sebastian Ofner 7-5, 6-0.

After Marozsan’s maiden title in Banja Luka in August, the Budapest native has enjoyed more breakthrough moments on the Challenger Tour. The Hungarian No. 2 (behind Marton Fucsovics) was a finalist at the 2022 Bratislava Challenger and reached the final four in Alicante. Following his triumph in Antalya, Marozsan rises to 134 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

At the Puerto Magico Open in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Benoit Paire captured his seventh Challenger title and first since November 2015. Four of the Frenchman’s five matches went the distance, including in the first round, where he fended off a match point to survive Nicolas Mejia.

<a href=''>Benoit Paire</a> is crowned champion at the 2023 Puerto Vallarta Challenger.
Benoit Paire is crowned champion at the 2023 Puerto Vallarta Challenger. Credit: Barbara Ramos Villalobos

In the final, Paire rallied from a set down to defeat Japan’s Yuta Shimizu 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.

“It was a very good week for me,” Paire said. “Mentally I was ready, I fought until the end. The first one was not easy, I was match point down. I’m really happy about this week.”

At the Challenger Santiago – Copa Kia in Chile, Bolivian Hugo Dellien ousted Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim his ninth Challenger title and third in Chile’s capital city (2019, 2022).

<a href=''>Hugo Dellien</a> collects the title at the Santiago Challenger.
Hugo Dellien collects the title at the Santiago Challenger. Credit: Challenger Santiago – Copa Kia

In Dellien’s quarter-final match, the 29-year-old escaped a three hour, 36 minute marathon against seventh seed Franco Agamenone 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 7-6(5).

“I’m happy with how I played all week,” Dellien said. “I knew it was going to be a difficult final. I felt comfortable and very good physically.

“For me it is a pleasure to come to Chile and feel the love of the people. It is a very special tournament. I have always done well and I hope that every time I will return it will be like this.”

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Berrettini Headlines Phoenix Challenger; Where To Watch

  • Posted: Mar 13, 2023

Berrettini Headlines Phoenix Challenger; Where To Watch

Lehecka and Kokkinakis meet in the opening round

The premiere of the ATP Challenger Tour 175 category kicks off this week at the Arizona Tennis Classic, where a star-studded field features World No. 23 Matteo Berrettini and Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

All eight seeds in Phoenix are Top-60 players, including Jiri Lehecka, Richard Gasquet, and Alexander Bublik.


A new innovation for 2023, the Challenger 175 tournaments are held during the second week of the ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells, Madrid, and Rome. Highly-ranked players who lose early at the Master 1000s can decide to compete at the following week’s Challenger tournament.

Berrettini, Schwartzman, and Gael Monfils were given wild cards into Phoenix after falling in the opening rounds of Indian Wells. The Italian Berrettini is aiming to repeat his success in Phoenix from 2019, when the-then World No. 57 collected the title.

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Main-draw action kicks off at the Phoenix Country Club on Tuesday, 14 March. Intriguing first-round matches include Lehecka’s clash against Thanasi Kokkinakis and top seed Berrettini’s meeting with Ilya Ivashka, who pushed Daniil Medvevev to three sets at the BNP Paribas Open.

Phoenix qualifying begins Monday morning, with Aleksandar Kovacevic, Matteo Arnaldi, Rinky Hijikata, and Yosuke Watanuki among those aiming for a spot in the main draw.

Where can I watch the Phoenix Challenger?

All matches will be broadcasted live and on demand for free on Challenger TV. The Arizona Tennis Classic will be held 13-19 March.

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