Thompson takes Traralgon
Jordan Thompson earns consecutive ATP Challenger titles and career-high ranking after victory in Traralgon.
Jordan Thompson has claimed consecutive Challenger titles after defeating fourth seed and former world No.43 Grega Zemlja in the final of the Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger.
After taking the honours in Ho Chi Minh City, the top seed continued his impressive run of form on Sunday, dismantling the Slovenian 6-1 6-2 in just 65 minutes.
“To win two titles in a row is really good,” Thompson said. “They don’t come too often, so I’m pretty stoked with that.”
As an added bonus, the result sees his provisional world ranking push up to a career-high No.85, a goal his coach Des Tyson set for him earlier in the year.
“(Des) threw a number out there,” Thompson said. “It’s taken a while to get there but if it stays that way (when official rankings are released next week), that’d be awesome.”
After losing his opening service game in the final, Thompson won six games in a row to take the first set before Zemlja regained some composure early in the second. However, Thompson was not to be denied, pulling away again to secure the victory.
“It was a bit of a slow start for me in both sets,” Thompson said. “But my error count was pretty low all day and I didn’t really give him anything cheaply. I served well and got a fair few free points.”
Aside from needing to rally from a set down against Victorian Dayne Kelly in his second round, it was a polished performance from Thompson all week; his serve and forehand were particularly threatening.
Thompson will now move on to Canberra, where he’s confident his body will stand up to the rigours of several weeks of consecutive match play and provide him with an opportunity to make it a triple treat.
“The body’s going well,” he said. “I’ve had the odd niggle, but that’s normal, and the last few days haven’t been really long matches so that definitely helps.”
South Australian Luke Saville also enjoyed a resurgent week in Traralgon, defeating second seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan and John-Patrick Smith on his way to the semifinal, where he was eventually halted by Zemlja.
The doubles final on Saturday was an all-Australian affair, with first seeds Matt Reid and Smith defeating the unseeded duo of Matthew Barton and Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-4.
The title was the second at ATP Challenger level for Reid this month, after taking out Las Vegas with American partner Brian Baker.