Dudi Sela claimed his third Challenger Tour title of the year on Sunday,
defeating Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the $125,000
tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The 28-year-old Israeli is expected
to climb on Monday more than 15 places from his current position at No. 87 in
the world and is set to reach his highest ranking since last May.
dominated Gabashvili throughout the match, racing to a 4-0 lead in the first set
and never looking back after breaking for a 2-1 advantage in the second
After also triumphing in Busan, South Korea and Astana, Kazakhstan,
earlier this year, Sela took his career total to 16 Challenger titles on
Sela will return to the ATP Tour this week when he takes part in
the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
“I had a good week and I really enjoyed it,”
said Sela. “I played pretty well in all my matches and I now face another
important week in Moscow, so I hope I can display the same level of
Djokovic crowned in Shanghai
Elsewhere, world No. 2 Novak
Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters
title on Sunday.
The Serbian triumphed 6-1, 3-6 ,7-6 (3) to complete a
brilliant fortnight on the Chinese hard courts after he defended his China Open
in Beijing last week. It was the 26-year-old’s 20th consecutive win in
After Del Potro defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in Saturday’s
semifinals with some powerful hitting, Djokovic was eager to avoid giving the
Argentine any room to find his rhythm in the early stages.
quickly wrapped up the first set in 34 minutes but a rejuvenated Del Potro
fought back gamely in the second, turning the tables on the Serbian with some
powerful hitting of his own.
Neither man gave an inch at the start of a
tense third set where the hitting intensified as Del Potro sensed his first
However, the Serbian’s renowned athletic steel finally
made the difference in the tiebreak, with Del Potro, who won last week in Japan,
finally appearing to tire.
“The whole third set was give and take.. Just
in the important moments I managed to play some better shots than he did,”
Del Potro added: “I am very proud of myself. I did
everything, I fought every single point but he is so good and I think he
deserved to win.”
Meanwhile, Roger Federer announced he has split from
his American coach Paul Annacone, with the struggling Swiss saying on Saturday
that it was the best time to make a change.
“After a terrific 31⁄2 years
working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our
professional lives,” the 32-year-old Federer said on his website.
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