Two #NextGenATP children, Leandro Riedi and Ben Shelton, shined at indoor onerous court docket occasions on the ATP Challenger Tour this week.
Switzerland’s Riedi superior via qualifying en path to claiming his maiden title on the Helsinki Challenger whereas Shelton continued his historic Challenger Tour run on the Champaign (Illinois) Challenger, the place he collected his third straight Challenger title and prolonged his match-winning streak to fifteen.
Riedi defeated Czech Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-1 within the closing on the HPP Open in Finland. The 20-year-old received seven matches in eight days to win the Challenger 90 occasion.
“It’s one of the best feeling on the planet,” Riedi stated following the title. “My purpose all week was to, it doesn’t matter what, keep optimistic and I believe that’s what bought me right here.”
Riedi has made a sudden affect on the Challenger circuit since transitioning from juniors. The Swiss captured the 2020 Australian Open boys’ doubles title (w/ Nicholas David Ionel) and fell brief to countryman Dominic Stricker within the 2020 Roland Garros boys’ singles closing to complete a standout junior profession. Earlier this season, Riedi upset top-seeded Maxime Cressy on the Lugano Challenger earlier than advancing to his first Challenger closing (l. Nardi).
The Helsinki crown lifts Riedi to a career-high 197 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
Shelton, 20, battled a sluggish begin in Sunday’s closing to take down Australian Aleksandar Vukic 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 and triumph on the Paine Schwartz Companions Challenger.
The 2022 NCAA singles champion is the youngest participant in Challenger historical past to win three titles in as many weeks and the second American to take action (Sam Querrey ‘14 Napa, Sacramento, Tiburon). The previous College of Florida star is considered one of 12 gamers who has mastered the feat, together with Benjamin Bonzi, who completed it final 12 months (St. Tropez, Cassis, Rennes).
“I really feel fairly fortunate, I didn’t anticipate to play 15 matches in three weeks and my physique held up,” Shelton stated. “It’s encouraging to me that I can play this many matches and be alright.”
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After beginning the 12 months at No. 573, Shelton has collected a 35-8 Challenger-match document, which has helped him climb to a career-high 97.
“It’s undoubtedly gone fast,” Shelton stated relating to his High 100 debut. “I’m going to take this offseason and decelerate a bit, get pleasure from myself, and likewise give attention to some issues I can enhance.”
In Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, Juan Pablo Varillas escaped a 3 hour, 12 minute marathon closing, the place he fought from 1/5 down within the opening set tie-break earlier than successful six straight factors to steal the opening set and finally defeated Argentine Facundo Bagnis, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.
The Peruvian, who’s a three-time Challenger finalist this season, has made a minimum of the semi-finals in three of his previous 4 Challenger tournaments (Ambato, Guayaquil). Following the title on the Challenger Dove Males+Care Sao Leo Open de Tenis, Varillas is ten spots shy of tying his profession excessive mark 97, which he reached in August 2022.
Juan Pablo Varillas celebrates successful the 2022 Sao Leopoldo Challenger.” />
Juan Pablo Varillas celebrates successful the 2022 Sao Leopoldo Challenger. Credit score: Giovani Paim/Urge Criativa
“I’m very joyful to win one other Challenger title,” Varillas stated. “I imagine I had an unbelievable and optimistic week in each approach. I believe I completed what I used to be searching for this week. It was an amazing closing, a really powerful match that was determined within the particulars.”
In Could, Varillas made his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, the place he held a two units to like lead on then-World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime, who finally recovered to win in 5 units.
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Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki rallied from a set all the way down to win his second Challenger title, each on house soil on the Kobe Challenger. The 24-year-old defeated Frederico Ferreira Silva 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-4 within the closing to say the Hyogo Noah Challenger.
“I simply fought and fought, I’m so joyful to win,” Watanuki stated. “I used to be somewhat tight, Fredrico performed effectively, however I used to be so joyful to get the ultimate level.”
Bourbon Beans Dome, house of the Kobe Challenger. Credit score: Kathryn Riley
Watanuki, who’s coached by his brother Yusuke, is simply two spots shy of tying his career-high 171, which he reached in March 2019. Earlier this season, the Saitama native reached his first Tour-level quarter-final on the ATP 250 occasion in Lyon (l. de Minaur).
Vasek Pospisil is within the High 100 for the primary time since October 2021 following his title on the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada, the place he defeated American Michael Mmoh 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.
Pospisil is a four-time Challenger finalist this season, together with on the Quimper Challenger, the place he was topped champion (d. Barrere).
Vasek Pospisil triumphs on house soil on the 2022 Drummondville Challenger.” />
Vasek Pospisil triumphs on house soil on the 2022 Drummondville Challenger. Credit score: Sarah-Jäde Champagne/Agence KICK Inc.
The previous World No. 25 received the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title (w/ Jack Sock) and the next 12 months the Canadian reached the singles quarter-final on the All England Membership (l. Murray).
Pospisil, who was seeded third on the Drummondville Challenger, will subsequent characterize Canada of their quarter-final Davis Cup tie in opposition to Germany.
In Drummondville doubles motion, the British duo Julian Money and Henry Patten dropped only one set all week en path to capturing a record-tying eighth Challenger doubles title.
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