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PYW Newsletter - From 23/03 to 05/04
Marcos Baghdatis proved to be the best PYW player of the moment by winning his 4th title of the season at Miami. He started his successful run winning easily against the always dangerous Ernests Gulbis, 6-2 6-2. In the next 3 rounds Marcos had easy wins against Mathieu, Kohlschreiber and Blake. The quarterfinal match would be a good test as he would face Jarkko Nieminen for the 4th time this year! A 7-5 6-3 win put the Cypriot in the semifinal, where he would face David Ferrer. It was an expected close match, and Marcos prevailed at the end with a 7-5 6-7 6-4 win. In the final it seemed like he didn't even show up in the first set, losing 0-6 to Roger Federer. Anyway, the crowd support made Baghdatis come back to his usual form and he won the both the 2nd and 3rd sets 6-3, clinching the title at Key Biscayne, which joined his previous triumphs at the Australian Open, Johannesburg and San Jose. Marcos holds now an impressive 26-3 record for the season, keeping the #1 spot at the ranking.
Baghdatis PYW profile
Juan Pablo Brzezicki
At the same time Baghdatis was winning his 4th ATP title of the year, Juan Pablo Brzezicki was achieving a similar thing at the St Brieuc challenger. 'El Polaco' defeated Peter Luczak to clinch his 4th challenger title of the year (Bucaramanga, Santiago and Caltanissetta). Let's see who will bring home more trophies, Baghdatis or Brzezicki
Another interesting fact at the challengers was Henri Kontinen's title at Sarajevo. The Finn teenage managed to defeat experienced players to win the trophy. He is also the first player to win tournaments of different categories this year (previously won a future at Great Britain). Can he win an ATP now? This task should be much harder.
Weeks 12 and 13 challenger champions
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Barletta - Pablo Cuevas (URU)
d. Marcos Daniel (BRA) 10-4
Korat - Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Harel Levy (ISR) 10-6
Jersey - Joachim Johansson (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka Jr. (UKR) 10-3
Sarajevo - Henri Kontinen (FIN) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 10-7
St Brieuc - Juan Pablo Brzezicki (ARG)
d. Peter Luczak (AUS) 8-2
Napoli - Daniel Koellerer (AUT) d. Marcos Daniel (BRA) 8-3
Greek player Konstantinos Economidis had double success in the last weeks, winning the titles at Turkey F2 and Turkey F3. Meanwhile, Daniel King-Turner and Benjamin Balleret reached the mark of 3 future titles. Check out the future winners of weeks 12 and 13.
India F2 - Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Navdeep Singh (IND) 6-3
New Zealand F3 - Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Artem Sitak (RUS) 6-4
Turkey F2 - Konstantinos Economidis (GRE)
d. Alexander Jakupovic (GRE)
USA F7 - Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) d. Tigran Martirosyan (ARM) 6-3
Italy F5 - Carlos Avellan (ECU) d. Daniele Bracciali (ITA) 6-3
Turkey F3 - Konstantinos Economidis (GRE)
d. Nicolas Santos (BRA) 6-2
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This week's tournaments
You are all invited to vote for this week's PYW tournaments. Along with the usual ATP tournaments, which this week are Houston and Casablanca, we also have challengers and futures being played. If you want to vote on these as well, go to the links below and enjoy yourself voting for the players you like
Athens, Baton Rouge, San Luis Potosi and Monza challengers
Korea F1, Russia F1, USA F8 and a 10,000$ future to be chosen by poll
That's it for this edition. Keep playing PYW and have fun