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    Lengthy Journey, Nice Reward: Shevchenko Claims Tenerife Challenger | ATP Tour

    After struggling a first-round defeat within the Australian Open qualifying, Alexander Shevchenko took the lengthy journey from Melbourne to Tenerife to compete on the ATP Challenger Tour occasion on the Canary Island.

    Though the journey could have been midway internationally, it paid off because the 22-year-old didn’t drop a set all week en path to claiming the Tenerife Challenger 1, the place he downed Austrian Sebastian Ofner 7-5, 6-2 within the ultimate.

    “The ultimate was very robust,” Shevchenko stated. “I needed to go extra aggressive and in addition needed to win some factors taking part in defence. Loads of enjoyable feelings that I’ll keep in mind for the remainder of my profession.”

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    Shevchenko is coached by Gunter Bresnik, who has labored with distinguished gamers akin to Boris Becker, Patrick McEnroe, Dominic Thiem, and Gael Monfils.

    After claiming his maiden Challenger title in Bratislava this previous season, Shevchenko was a two-time semi-finalist within the latter half of 2022 (Milan, Szczecin). The Challenger 100 title in Tenerife lifts him to a career-high No. 116 within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Rankings.

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    “I’m shut [to the Top 100],” Shevchenko stated. “However I’m not there, so I’ve to work laborious from subsequent week on, overlook about this week, and begin the brand new week.”

    On the clay courts of Piracicaba, Andrea Collarini dispatched 4 of the Prime-9 seeds, together with World No. 102 Alejandro Tabilo, to win his first Challenger title since August 2019 (L’Aquila). The Argentine defeated Chilean Tomas Barrios Vera within the ultimate 6-2, 7-6(1) to seize the Brasil Tennis Challenger.

    “I can not wait to rejoice with my spouse and my household,” Collarini stated. “I am joyful as a result of I gained a Challenger once more. The final one was three years in the past and this previous 12 months I reached two finals (Tigre-2, Vicenza) however I could not win them. I’ve had good weeks and unhealthy weeks. Now I am joyful as a result of in these unhealthy weeks I questioned if I might be capable of win a match once more, and I lastly did.”

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    Andrea Collarini triumphs on the Brasil Tennis Challenger. Credit score: João Pires

    Following a record-setting 23 Challenger titles in 2022, gamers from Argentina are off to quick begin to surpass their very own milestone. Juan Manuel Cerundolo collected a pair of titles within the first two weeks of the season and now Collarini joins the guy lefty as Argentine Challenger champions this month.

    The title on the Challenger 75 occasion propels the 2010 Roland Garros boys’ singles finalist to a career-high 186 within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Rankings.

    On the Bangkok Open 3, Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro collected his maiden Challenger crown. En path to title, the 25-year-old took down prime seed James Duckworth and ended Frenchman Arthur Cazaux’s 13-match successful streak within the ultimate 6-2, 7-5.

    Shimabukuro is constructing upon his career-best season in 2022, when he made his Davis Cup debut in September and narrowly escaped former World No. 33 Denis Istomin. The next month, Gifu native superior by qualifying to compete in his maiden Tour-level match, the ATP 500 occasion in Tokyo.

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    Sho Shimabukuro in motion on the Bangkok Open 3. Credit score: The Garden Tennis Affiliation Of Thailand

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