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Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals


Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Prize Money: $220K
Surface: Indoor Clay
Balls:
Site: Esporte Clube Pinheiros, Rua Angelina Maffei Vita, 493, Jardim Europa, São Paulo
Starting Date: November 17
2013 Champion (week 46): Filippo Volandri (Italy)
Format: The ATP Challenger Tour Finals is a tennis tournament played at the end of each year, involving the top seven players in that year's ATP Challenger Tour, plus an invited player from the tournament's host country.
Like the ATP World Tour Finals, the ATP Challenger Tour Finals is not a straightforward knock-out tournament. Eight players are divided into two groups of four, and play three round-robin matches each against the other three players in their group. From there, the two players with the best records in each group progress to the semifinals, with the winners meeting in the final to determine the champion.
Tournament website: http://www.challengerfinals.com.br/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ATPChallengerTourFinals
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@atpchfinals


Yesterday the information about the 2014 Challenger Tour Finals was finally added to the calendar http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/0D0CD72849FA4550AF3A7B162EB95BBF.ashx (thanks to Lukas15 for questions and info). I guess it's time to start discussing who is going to enter or even if the players are indeed interested to enter.

YTD Challenger Ranking is also recently available: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/YTD-Challenger-Rankings.aspx

The first 20 players are:
1 Muller, Gilles (LUX) 647
2 Schwartzman, Diego (ARG) 452
3 Soeda, Go (JPN) 437
4 Bolelli, Simone (ITA) 418
5 Souza, Joao (BRA) 414
6 Haider-Maurer, Andreas (AUT) 406
7 Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER) 399
8 Rola, Blaz (SLO) 399
9 Cuevas, Pablo (URU) 397
10 Kavcic, Blaz (SLO) 386
11 Johnson, Steve (USA) 381
12 Dustov, Farrukh (UZB) 374
13 Estrella Burgos, Victor (DOM) 366
14 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP) 363
15 Beck, Andreas (GER) 360
16 Ito, Tatsuma (JPN) 358
17 Zeballos, Horacio (ARG) 356
18 Krajinovic, Filip (SRB) 348
19 Klahn, Bradley (USA) 347
20 Gonzalez, Maximo (ARG) 345


IMO there isn't much evidence that the ranking leader Muller will enter. Let's discuss. I hope after some discussions I could add a poll for most probable participants...




RR stage
Group A
Maximo GONZALEZ (ARG) [7] d. Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS (DOM) [3] 6-3 6-4
Simone BOLELLI (ITA) [1] d. Andreas HAIDER-MAURER (AUT) [5] 6-4 6-4
Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS (DOM) [3] d. Andreas HAIDER-MAURER (AUT) [5] 6-2 6-0
Simone BOLELLI (ITA) [1] d. Maximo GONZALEZ (ARG) [7] 6-4 5-7 7-6(3)
Andreas HAIDER-MAURER (AUT) [5] d. Maximo GONZALEZ (ARG) [7] 4-6 6-1 6-1
Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS (DOM) [3] d. Simone BOLELLI (ITA) [1] 6-4 6-2

Group B
Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [2] d. [WC] Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) [8] 6-3 6-2
Blaz ROLA (SLO) [4] d. Joao SOUZA (BRA) [6] 6-3 6-4
[WC] Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) [8] d. Joao SOUZA (BRA) [6] 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(7)
Blaz ROLA (SLO) [4] d. Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [2] 6-4 2-6 6-3
Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [2] d. Joao SOUZA (BRA) [6] 3-6 7-6(2) 6-2
[WC] Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) [8] d. Blaz ROLA (SLO) 6-4 6-3






SFs

Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [2] d. Simone BOLELLI (ITA) [1] 7-5 6-4
[WC] Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) [8] d. Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS (DOM) [3] 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 7-6(12)


FINAL

Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) [2] d. [WC] Guilherme CLEZAR (BRA) [8] 6-2 6-3
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

I also deeply doubt whether Soeda, Johnson, Dustov, Mannarino, Klahn would wish to play here
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

I think all the South Americans will be interested and some european players who are not too bad on clay.

But others could also be attracted by the prize money, which is very high compared to regular Challenger tournaments. Last year, there was a $6300 prize only for participating (i.e. the same amount that a $42K Challenger winner gets), and the winner Volandri earned $84.900.

http://www.challengerfinals.com.br/grupos
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

I doubt all these typical hard-players like Muller, Soeda, Kavcic etc. will actually ever think about going there. Cuevas may prefer to play in Montevideo, there will be tournament in Lima that week also... What's important, both Argentinian and Indian challengers will be counted as well, as the deadline will be 27 October, so still 10 tournaments + 6 played this week. And it's good to remind, that player must have at least 8 starts in Challengers to be eligible to participate and ranking includes only 10 best results, but points earned after last season deadline are also counted.
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

Hope Blazi gets to play Challenger Tour Finals:yippee:

Would be great to see very nice boy play Tour Finals:hug:
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

So, according to my Spanish language abilities, they changed date of Uruguay Open, only because Cuevas will be direct entry to Paris Masters which starts 27th October, same time as originaly Montevideo challenger. Wow! So he simply HAS TO win it :D And of course, Wild Card will be probably needed with his ranking.
 

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So, according to my Spanish language abilities, they changed date of Uruguay Open, only because Cuevas will be direct entry to Paris Masters which starts 27th October, same time as originaly Montevideo challenger. Wow! So he simply HAS TO win it :D And of course, Wild Card will be probably needed with his ranking.
Yes, basically that, he is our only best player by far, he needs to be there :D
Anyway, as spectator I would have preferred the old date as now the field is going to be much weaker since there is another challenger in South America that week.
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

Considering current Challenger ranking the draw would be somethinkg like this:

2 Schwartzman, Diego (ARG) 452
4 Bolelli, Simone (ITA) 418
5 Souza, Joao (BRA) 414
6 Haider-Maurer, Andreas (AUT) 406
7 Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER) 399
8 Rola, Blaz (SLO) 399
13 Estrella Burgos, Victor (DOM) 366

+ Brazil WC (Bellucci probably)
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

Venue confirmed on Facebook site - Esporte Clube Pinheiros, Rua Angelina Maffei Vita, 493
 

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http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/10/42/Challenger-Finals-Venue-Announcement.aspx
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With just five weeks remaining, the race to qualify for the season finale is heating up. Home favourite Joao Souza surged up the year-to-date rankings to fourth place, following a pair of runner-up finishes in the Colombian cities of Medellin and Pereira in September. He remains hot on the heels of fellow contenders Diego Schwartzman, a three-time champion in 2014, and Victor Estrella Burgos, who owns a 26-9 ATP Challenger Tour record this year.

The field is comprised of seven qualifiers and one wild card. Contested in round-robin format, with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals, 125 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $91,200 in prize money will be awarded to an undefeated champion.

The ranking movers of the week (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/YTD-Challenger-Rankings.aspx):
13 Ilhan +6
17 Stakhovsky +18
21 Lacko +46
 

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At San Juan top seed and home favourite Diego Schwartzman boosted his chances of qualifying for the ATP Challenger Tour Finals, downing No. 2 seed Joao Souza 7-6(5), 6-3 for the San Juan title. The Argentine is currently in the second position in the year-to-date rankings with 557 points, two spots above Souza who is seeking to qualify for the season finale on home soil.

Schwartzman: "I have great expectations (to qualify for the ATP Challenger Tour Finals). The contenders are very tough and very difficult. It is going to be great. There are many points and prizes in play, and I hope that it allows me to close the year in the best way."

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/10/43/Challenger-Weekly-Spotlight-20-October-2014.aspx
 

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Re: Week 47: 2014 Challenger Tour Finals

Muller will not play this one.
 
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