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HALYS PICKS UP THIRD CHALLENGER TITLE OF THE YEAR



Ismaning, Germany


[1] Quentin Halys (FRA) def [WC] Max Hans Rehberg (GER) 7-6(6), 6-3


Frenchman Quentin Halys made it three ATP Challenger titles from seven finals in 2022, after claiming the Wolffkran Open in Germany.


Halys, who needed tiebreaks to win each of his matches for the week, ultimately overcame local wildcard Max Hans Rehberg in the final.


In a battle of big servers on fast indoor carpet courts, the decider saw few extended rallies with Halys winning 36/37 points behind his first serve whilst Rehberg won 28/32.


The 19-year-old German – who was ranked outside the top 1300 at the beginning of the year – will now move inside the ATP top 500 for the first time.


Meanwhile, the Frenchman consolidates his place comfortably inside the top 100 with a live ATP ranking of 66.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


[3] Marco Cecchinato (ITA) def [8] Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3


Marco Cecchinato has won his eighth ATP Challenger singles title and second of the month at the 80K event in Brazil.


The Italian fought through a series of three-set battles to lift the trophy, including a come-from-behind win over Yannick Hanfmann in Sunday’s final.


The German, who overcame Thanasi Kokkinakis and a roaring Aussie crowd to win his first Grand Slam match earlier this year, was competing in his ninth final at the level.


In a battle of 30-year-olds, Cecchinato ultimately proved too consistent, winning more points behind his second serve than his first en route to victory.


He will now rise back inside the ATP top 100 for the first time since April.


Saint-Tropez, France


[Q] Mattia Belluci (ITA) def Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) 6-3, 6-3


21-year-old Mattia Belluci has stormed through qualifying and into the main draw to claim his maiden ATP Challenger singles title.


In an all-Italian final, Belluci overcame counterpart Matteo Arnaldi, constantly utilizing his slice off both wings and pushing his opponent deep into the court to win points.


In what was his first career Challenger event on outdoor hard courts, Belluci was evidently ecstatic post-match, falling to the ground after converting his fourth match point.


The 21-year-old, who started the week as world number 275, is now up to a live ATP ranking of 186.


Fairfield, USA


[3] Michael Mmoh (USA) def Gabriel Diallo (CAN) 6-3, 6-2


American Michael Mmoh has won his seventh career ATP Challenger title, taking out the 80K event in his home country.


The 24-year-old was dominant all week – ultimately triumphing without dropping a set.


In Sunday’s final against Canadian Gabriel Diallo, Mmoh was strong on serve, winning 80% of points behind his first, whilst claiming half the points off Diallo’s opening serve.


For 21-year-old Diallo, it is a third Challenger final for the season which will take him inside the ATP top 300 for the first time.


Meanwhile, the American – who spent just one week inside the ATP top 100 back in 2018 – is now closing in on a return, with a live ranking of 110.


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