Matteo Arnaldi Claims Fourth Challenger Title To Attain Profession Excessive | ATP Tour


Italian Matteo Arnaldi continued his 2023 breakthrough Sunday when he captured the ATP Challenger Tour 125 title in Heilbronn, Germany. The fast-rising 22-year-old, who’s certainly one of 4 Challenger champions this week, is at a career-high No. 72 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings following his triumph on the NECKARCUP.

Fifth seed Arnaldi ousted Facundo Diaz Acosta 7-6(4), 6-1 within the remaining after profitable 30 of 35 first-serve factors to finish the Argentine’s 14-match profitable streak on the Challenger stage. En path to the title, Arnaldi twice rallied from a set down, together with towards second seed Jaume Munar within the quarter-finals.

“Profitable the event means lots to me,” Arnaldi mentioned. “I did not begin the event very properly, however I improved from match to match and was capable of have fun my third Challenger success of the 12 months. Victory right here ought to now deliver me in the direction of seventieth within the rankings.”

A four-time Challenger Tour champion, Arnaldi has loved a powerful clay-court swing. The Sanremo native first cracked the Prime 100 final month after his run to the third spherical on the Mutua Madrid Open, the place he upset third seed Casper Ruud as a qualifier.

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In different Challenger Tour motion, #NextGenATP star Dalibor Svrcina was topped champion on the Unicredit Czech Open in Prostejov.

The 20-year-old Czech defeated countryman Tomas Machac 6-4, 6-2 within the Challenger 100 remaining to earn his second Challenger title. The Ostrava native Svrcina, who was a finalist final 12 months in Prostejov, went one step additional to win on house soil and rise to tenth within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Subsequent Gen Race.

Earlier this season, World No. 192 Svrcina certified for his maiden Grand Slam on the Australian Open, the place he made it to the second spherical.

On the Tyler Tennis Championships in Texas, American Nicolas Moreno De Alboran survived a three-hour, nine-minute marathon remaining, the place he defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(8), 7-6(0), 6-4 to earn his second Challenger trophy.

Mikhail Kukushin (left) and <a href=Nicolas Moreno De Alboran on the Tyler Tennis Championships trophy ceremony.” />
Mikhail Kukushkin (left) and Nicolas Moreno De Alboran on the Tyler Challenger trophy ceremony. Credit score: Tyler Tennis Championships

“It’s very particular, that’s why I got here right here,” Moreno de Alboran instructed commentator Mike Cation. “I’ve been wanting to return to the USA and play extra. After [Roland Garros], I used to be like, ‘I’m going to go over there and play extra on exhausting court docket and play at house.’ It labored out fairly good.”

At a career-high No. 142 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, the 25-year-old Moreno de Alboran, who performed faculty tennis on the College of California, Santa Barbara, earned his first Challenger title final 12 months in Braga, Portugal.

Three-time main champion Andy Murray received on house soil on the Surbiton Challenger to open the grass-court swing. The 36-year-old defeated Jurij Rodionov 6-3, 6-2 within the remaining to grow to be the oldest grass-court champion in Challenger historical past (since 1978).

Murray, who received the Aix-en-Provence Challenger 175 title final month, is the sixth participant to win Challenger titles on each clay and grass in the identical season.


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