Omar Jasika has fallen agonisingly short of claiming the second ATP Challenger title of his career, going down to Frenchman, Arthur Cazaux 6-7(6), 6-4 in the Bangkok Open 2 Challenger final.
Despite the disappointing loss, the Australian would be pleased to have made his first ATP Challenger final in five years.
Jasika’s rise up the rankings has been astonishing. After starting the year without a ranking, Jasika is currently ranked 320 on the ATP live rankings.
2022 has been Jasika’s first full year on tour since 2017 after his well-publicised two-year ban and the postponement of the tour due to the pandemic.
Neither player faced difficulty on serve in the first set with a first-set tiebreaker needed to split the pair. It took until the 14th point of a tense tiebreaker for Cazaux to gain the advantage and take home the first set.
At 3-3 and deuce in the second set, Jasika gifted Cazaux a break point with an unforced error. The Frenchman seized the opportunity to gain a 4-3 lead. From there he was able to hold serve in consecutive games to claim his first career ATP Challenger title.
Jasika will look to continue his good form for the remainder of 2022 as he aims to better his career-high ranking of No. 239 that he achieved in 2017.