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Riedi Relishes Maiden Challenger Title; Shelton Continues Surge | ATP Tour

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Two #NextGenATP kids, Leandro Riedi and Ben Shelton, shined at indoor arduous courtroom occasions on the ATP Challenger Tour this week.

Switzerland’s Riedi superior by means of 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 remaining on the HPP Open in Finland. The 20-year-old gained seven matches in eight days to win the Challenger 90 occasion.

“It is the most effective feeling on the planet,” Riedi mentioned following the title. “My aim all week was to, it doesn’t matter what, keep constructive and I believe that is 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 remaining 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 remaining (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 remaining 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 one among 12 gamers who mastered the feat, together with Benjamin Bonzi, who achieved it final 12 months (St. Tropez, Cassis, Rennes).

“I really feel fairly fortunate, I did not anticipate to play 15 matches in three weeks and my physique held up,” Shelton mentioned. “It is 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 report, which has helped him climb to a career-high 97.

“It is positively gone fast,” Shelton mentioned concerning his High 100 debut. “I’ll take this offseason and decelerate a bit, get pleasure from myself, and likewise deal with some issues I can enhance.”

In Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, Juan Pablo Varillas escaped a 3 hour, 12 minute marathon remaining, 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 no less than 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.

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Juan Pablo Varillas celebrates successful the 2022 Sao Leopoldo Challenger. Credit score: Giovani Paim/Urge Criativa

“I’m very completely satisfied to win one other Challenger title,” Varillas mentioned. “I imagine I had an unbelievable and constructive week in each manner. I believe I achieved what I used to be searching for this week. It was a terrific remaining, a really robust 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 right down to win his second Challenger title, each on residence soil on the Kobe Challenger. The 24-year-old defeated Frederico Ferreira Silva 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-4 within the remaining to assert the Hyogo Noah Challenger.

“I simply fought and fought, I am so completely satisfied to win,” Watanuki mentioned. “I used to be a bit tight, Fredrico performed properly, however I used to be so completely satisfied to get the ultimate level.”

Bourbon Beans Dome, home of the Kobe Challenger.
Bourbon Beans Dome, residence 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).

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Vasek Pospisil triumphs on residence soil on the 2022 Drummondville Challenger. Credit score: Sarah-Jäde Champagne/Agence KICK Inc.

The previous World No. 25 gained 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 towards 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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