Top-seeded German Daniel Altmaier rallied from two early breaks to defeat Frenchman Antoine Escoffier 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Qatar F1 Futures Saturday afternoon. The 18-year-old Altmaier, one of the youngest of the rising NextGen stars, improved to 23-6 on the year, while winning his second title of 2017 and the fifth of his career. Altmaier, ranked a career best No. 288, won the Switzerland F2 Futures in February. Escoffier, No. 551 in the world, had knocked off second seed Albano Olivetti in the opening round and cruised through his first four matches dropping only a set. Saturday was a different story, however, as Escoffier ran into a buzzsaw once the German got untracked. Altmaier, who has a wicked one-handed backhand, couldn’t keep the shot in the court through the first five games, framing some and mistiming others. Escoffier broke the German in the third game, was immediately broken back, but broke again for a 3-2 lead and looked like he was going to go on a roll. At that point Altmaier found his range on the backhand, broke back to level, and proceeded to gain control of the match. Escoffier needed to save three break points to hang on for 4-4, but was broken for the third time in the set serving at 4-5. Altmaier broke for 3-1 in the second set and led 4-1. Escoffier saved three break points in the sixth game for 2-4, but the German held twice more to capture the win in one hour and 13 minutes. Altmaier served seven aces, didn’t double-fault and won 81 percent of his first service points. The German saved one of three break points, Escoffier erased eight of 12.
Altmaier Beats Escoffier to Win Qatar F1 Futures
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