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Aussie Wrap

Dane Sweeny continued his breakthrough season, winning his fourth ITF singles title of the year.

Sweeny managed to fight back from a set down to prevail 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 over American Kyle Seelig. The 21-year-old also triumphed in the doubles with fellow Australian Calum Puttergill.

In an all-Aussie final, Alexandra Bozovic defeated Destanee Aiava to win the first ITF singles titles of her career, taking out the 25K tournament in Darwin.

Eddie Winter won the first professional title of his career, claiming the doubles title in the 15K ITF tournament in America.

Unfortunately, John-Patrick Smith fell short in the doubles final at the ATP Challenger in America, going down 5-10 in the match tiebreak.

Rennes, France

(4) Ugo Humbert (FRA) def Dominic Thiem (AUS) 6-3, 6-0

Ugo Humbert easily overcame Dominic Thiem to win his first title of 2022.

Humbert’s triumph will see him rise 29 places to No. 110 in the ATP live rankings.

The Frenchman obliterated the former US Open champion and former world No. 3 from start to finish. Humbert raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first set and then played a flawless second set to win the last 7 games of the match.

It has been a difficult year for the former world No. 25 who has predominately played on the Challenger circuit since Wimbledon.

Thiem, who returned from multiple injury setbacks only a few months ago, is still looking to return to the sort of tennis that won him a Grand Slam. His final appearance in Rennes will see him re-enter the top 200 in the live ATP rankings.

Szczecin, Poland

(4) Corentin Moutet (FRA) def (7) Dennis Novak (AUT) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4

Corentin Moutet overcame Dennis Novak in an entertaining three-set battle to win his second ATP title of the season and sixth of his career.

Moutet's victory had extra significance as he has now risen to a career-high ranking of No. 64 on the ATP live rankings.

The Frenchman got off to the ideal start, breaking Novak in his first service game. The set continued to the way of Moutet as he closed out the set 6-2. Novak managed to fight back from an early break down in the second set to level the match at one set all after winning a seesawing tiebreaker.

Moutet managed to overcome the disappointment of the second set to once again break Novak in his opening service game of the set. However, in contrast to the second set, Moutet was able to withstand Novak’s comeback to triumph in an enthralling final.

In the final three months of the season, Moutet will be looking to break into the Top 50 in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career

Cary, USA

(7) Michael Mmoh (USA) def (8) Dominik Koepfer (GER) 7-6, 6-3

Michael Mmoh claimed his first title since 2019, defeating Dominik Koepfer in a tight straights victory.

The American’s drought-breaking title will see him rise to inside the world’s top 150.

Both men exchanged early breaks of serve in the opening set before Mmoh gained a crucial break of serve in the 12th game of the set to claim the first set.

Mmoh carried his momentum into the second set, racing to a 3-0 lead. However, Koepfer fought back to level the set at 3-3. In another momentum swing, Mmoh won the last three games of the set to close out the match.

The 24-year-old American will look to continue his good form as he edges closer to the career-high ranking of 96 that he achieved in 2018.

Istanbul, Turkey

(2) Radu Albot (MOL) def Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-2, 6-0

Radu Albot played the near-perfect final to defeat Lukas Rosol and win the 9th ATP Challenger title of his career.

Albot was playing his first tournament since his disappointing exit during the qualifying rounds for the US Open.

From 2-2 in the first set, Albot remarkably went on to win the next 10 games of the match to breeze through to the title.

The title will see the 32-year-old Moldavian re-enter the world’s top 100.


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