March 2016

Ghem Upsets Groth in First Round at Leon Challenger

March 31, 2016

The travails of Sam Groth continue. Brazilian Andre Ghem, ranked No. 172 in the world, knocked off the top-seeded Australian 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Leon Challenger in Mexico last night. For Groth it was his eighth first-round defeat in 10 tournaments this year and dropped his record to 2-11. […]

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Rublev Ousts Harrison in Epic First Round Match at Irving Challenger

March 16, 2016

Russian Andrey Rublev outlasted American wild card Ryan Harrison in an epic opening-round clash last night at the Irving Challenger. Rublev needed 11 match points to finally put away the tenacious Harrison 6-7 (8), 6-4, 7-6 (6) in a contest more akin to a boxing bout than a tennis match. It was a knock-down, drag-out […]

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Rublev Beats Mathieu to Win Maiden Title at Quimper Challenger

March 6, 2016

Eighteen-year-old qualifier Andrey Rublev gutted out a hard-fought 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4 win over veteran Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu Sunday afternoon to win the Quimper Challenger. The young Russian rallied from a set and a break down to upset the top-seeded 34-year-old Mathieu and capture his maiden ATP Challenger title. Rublev joins American Taylor Fritz (18) […]

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Rublev Downs Olivetti in Opening Round at Quimper Challenger

March 1, 2016

Qualifier Andrey Rublev took down French wild card Albano Olivetti 6-4, 7-6 (9) in a first-round battle at the Quimper Challenger last night — a match replete with big serving and lots of heavy hitting. Rublev, who withstood Olivetti’s 24 aces while hitting 15 of his own, won most of the big points and showed […]

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