#NextGenATP Cerundolo Makes Argentine Historical past With Third Challenger Title

Juan Manuel Cerundolo knew it might be a tricky determination, however the 19-year-old understood that it was for the most effective. The surging #NextGenATP star had the chance to make his US Open qualifying debut final month, however opted to forego the hard-court main as he remained in Europe and continued constructing his sport on the ATP Challenger Tour.

Protected to say, the choice paid dividends. Cerundolo went back-to-back on the clay of Como, Italy and Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, claiming his second and third Challenger titles of the yr. The Argentine sealed the outstanding run with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Nikola Milojevic in Sunday’s Srpska Open championship. He reeled off eight units received in a row to seize the crown in Banja Luka.

{The teenager} is making noise on the court docket along with his decided play and dogged defence, and he’ll earn a big reward within the FedEx ATP Rankings for his efforts. Cerundolo is poised to rise 27 spots to a career-high No. 108 on Monday. He and brother Francisco Cerundolo (No. 104) are each knocking on the door of the High 100.

Furthermore, his title treble has him in elite firm in Argentine tennis historical past. On the age of 19 years and 9 months, Cerundolo turned the third-youngest participant from his nation to win three Challenger titles. Solely Juan Martin del Potro and Guillermo Coria had been youthful after they lifted their third trophies.

Cerundolo, who additionally secured his maiden ATP Tour title in Cordoba in February, is as much as seventh place within the ATP Race To Milan. The teenager will look to safe his place on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals within the coming months.

Youngest Argentines To Win Three Challenger Titles

Participant Age Third Title
Juan Martin del Potro 17 years, 10 months 2006 Segovia
Guillermo Coria 18 years, 10 months 2000 Montevideo
Juan Manuel Cerundolo 19 years, 9 months 2021 Banja Luka
Guillermo Canas 19 years, 10 months 1997 Santiago

In different motion… Benjamin Bonzi is unstoppable on the ATP Challenger Tour. The Frenchman added a fifth title of the yr on Sunday in Cassis, finishing a dominant run that has seen him go back-to-back on residence soil on the St. Tropez Open and Cassis Open Provence. In actual fact, he prolonged his Challenger win streak to fifteen straight, having additionally lifted the trophy in Segovia, Spain, final month.

One of many latest members of the High 100 within the FedEx ATP Rankings, Bonzi is placing all of it collectively in 2021. He joined the unique membership on 2 August and is projected to rise to a career-high No. 76 on Monday.

How spectacular is the 25-year-old’s achievement? He’s the primary participant to win 5 Challenger titles in a season since Filip Krajinovic in 2017. The only-season file is six. He’s additionally simply the second Frenchman to attain the feat, following within the footsteps of Adrian Mannarino (2014).

This week, the distinguished Copa Sevilla celebrated its thirtieth anniversary on the ATP Challenger Tour. For the sixteenth time, one among its native sons lifted the trophy. Pedro Martinez captured his third profession title, streaking to victory on residence soil with a 6-4, 6-1 win over countryman Roberto Carballes Baena. The World No. 75 was coming off a primary match win on the US Open, rallying from two units all the way down to defeat James Duckworth.

On the inaugural NO Open in Tulln, Austria, it was Mats Moraing claiming his second title of the yr. The German dominated Hugo Gaston 6-2, 6-1 in simply 46 minutes on Saturday. The ultimate completed simply three minutes shy of the file for shortest title match in ATP Challenger historical past. Moraing, who rallied from a set down twice in the course of the week, rises 49 spots to No. 193.

On the inaugural Kyiv Open, the Italian-Argentine sensation Franco Agamenone carried his jaw-dropping run of kind to a second title. Agamenone entered the month of August with out a match win in his ATP Challenger profession, however, on the age of 28, he’s proving that it is by no means too late to interrupt by way of. The Argentine-born Italian has since reeled off 11 wins from 12 matches, including titles in Prague and Kyiv. From exterior the High 600 initially of the yr, he’s projected to rise to a career-high No. 230 within the FedEx ATP Rankings on Monday.

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