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Yuichi has made good progress last year finishing the year close to the top 100.,He joins the blossoming group of players from Japan,inspired thanks to Kei Nishikori.Yuichi played a 50k here in Adelaide Australia,i saw some matches,and was impressed with his aggressive game and net play,He was happy for a photo after he won his 1strd.,he seemed like a really nice guy..,Good luck Yuichi crack the top 100 this year...:)He plays a 35k event this week...........

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Sugita Surges To Maiden ATP World Tour Crown

1 July 2017

Yuichi Sugita becomes just the third Japanese player to lift an ATP World Tour trophy after prevailing in Antalya. :worship:

Yuichi Sugita was a man on a mission on Saturday at the Antalya Open, downing Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 7-6(4) for his first ATP World Tour title.

Sugita joined an exclusive club in lifting his maiden trophy, becoming just the third Japanese player to ever win on the circuit, alongside Shuzo Matsuoka and Kei Nishikori. He is also the fourth first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year, needing one hour and 29 minutes to fight past Mannarino on a searing hot Saturday afternoon in Antalya.

Just three weeks removed from notching his ninth Challenger title at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy, Sugita becomes the first player to win on grass on both the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour in the same season. The Japanese has capped a dream run to the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, having surged nearly 100 spots from No. 134 in February.

"I'm really happy to be the first champion in Antalya," Sugita said during the trophy presentation. "This is the most emotional moment of my career. I've won many Futures and Challenger titles, but never at a big tournament like this. It's just amazing. I can't believe it."

Sugita improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head mark against Mannarino to 2-1, having previously prevailed at the 2012 Nottingham Challenger, before falling to the Frenchman in the final round of qualifying at this year's Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He takes home €78,270 in prize money as well as 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

Sending Mannarino into the corners with his swift, agile movement and accurate forehand, Sugita surged to an early lead. An overhead smash secured the break in the second game and he would streak to a one-set advantage with a backhand winner after just 29 minutes.

The lead vacillated between the two competitors in the second set, with Mannarino breaking twice in a row, before eventually relinquishing the lead and later the match in the ensuing tie-break. Sugita would emerge victorious after just under 90 minutes.

"Yuichi was just the better player today, he deserved to win," said Mannarino. "It is still a great week for me. I didn’t expect to be in the final at the beginning of the week and I had some very tough matches here. Congratulations also to the organizers for a great first edition of this event."


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Round 1 WIMBLEDON 2017 (def. Brydan Klein 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0)

Sugita Congratulated By Federer At Wimbledon

4 July 2017

Japanese earns first win at major championship

There was a touching moment in the bowels of the All England Club on Tuesday, seen by only a few. As Yuichi Sugita sat and waited in the corridor for the start of his first press conference as a match winner at a Grand Slam championship, the great champion Roger Federer stopped by to congratulate the Japanese on his recent success.

Sugita, who has plied his trade since 2003, was visibly touched. It was a sign of mutual respect between pros, one the winner of an Open Era record 85 matches at The Championships, the other starting to make his mark on the ATP World Tour in 2017.

At 28 years of age, Sugita has been a solid performer on the ATP Challenger Tour circuit – already a winner of three titles this year (nine overall) – but in recent months, since dropping to No. 134 in late February, the Japanese has seen his hard work pay off.

Fuelled by the Japanese cooking of his mother, Sugita recorded his first match win at a major on Tuesday in beating Brydan Klein 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and seven minutes.

“I played really well in the second and third,” Sugita, who was not broken and hit 29 winners, told “He drop-shotted me a lot in the first set, and it was really difficult to play against him at first. But after the second set, I began to dominate.”

Training hard on and off the practice courts has effected a rise up the Emirates ATP Rankings – ever since he capitalised on a lucky loser spot – following the withdrawal of his compatriot Kei Nishikori – at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. He beat Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet and Pablo Carreno Busta – all no slouches on red dirt – before falling to eventual finalist Dominic Thiem.

That run, importantly, has given the softly spoken Sugita access to ATP World Tour tournaments on a regular basis.

“Before I was really up and down,” said Sugita. “Sometimes I played well, but sometimes I didn’t and tennis is a tournament, you have to win multiple matches.”

“Before, I had to play a lot of tournaments to really catch Rankings points. I was also thinking a lot, too much. But now, I am able to have good training blocks and the work I undertook from last year has carried over in 2017."

In winning the Antalya Open last week, his first ATP World Tour title, Sugita completed the “most emotional week of his career”. As the third Japanese to win a tour-level title – joining Shuzo Matsuoka (1992 Seoul) and Nishikori (11 titles) – Sugita has risen to a career-high No. 44 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“Now I can play five matches,” said Sugita. “I know I can win a tournament. I can focus on five matches - this is a really big important improvement in my mental approach to tennis.”

Sugita will now challenge France's Adrian Mannarino - the player he beat in the Antalya final on Saturday.

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