Two in a row for Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson claims his second consecutive ATP Challenger title after defeating Spain’s Nicola Kuhn in Canberra.
Jordan Thompson has completed an impressive fortnight on home soil, capturing the Apis Canberra International title with a fighting win over rising Spanish teenager Nicola Kuhn.
“I’m pretty happy with myself,” said Thompson, who won his second consecutive ATP Challenger title after victory in Traralgon. He was also a finalist in Calgary the week prior to that.
Thompson has now played eight Challenger finals this year; Canberra marks his third title. The win on Sunday also sees him become just the second player to record 52 wins on the ATP Challenger Tour in a single season.
“I raced through the first set, I was serving really well, playing smart and not missing any balls,” Thompson said of the 6-1 5-7 6-4 victory. “I expected him to pick up his game and in the end he made a real battle out of it.”
Thompson, the third seed, recovered from an early break down in the final set against the unseeded Spaniard to lead 5-4 – before serving it out against a difficult wind. “I got a few free points there which was pretty lucky, it was good to close it out,” he said.
“I have a little more experience in these situations, but he’s won a Challenger before and been to finals, so he’s not stranger to it either.”
The win will move Thompson, 24, inside the world’s top 75 and within reach of his career-high ranking of No.63.
“It’s the highest I’ve been all year no doubt,” he said. “In my books, I’ve had a little bit of a rough year, I only won one match on the ATP Tour so I had to go back to Challengers. I just had to put my head down and work hard.
“I’ve been going for probably two months straight now, so I’ll have a couple of weeks off and then come back and do a good pre-season.”
Earlier on Saturday, Jeremy Beale and Thomas Fancutt were unable to set up a clean sweep for the Aussies, going down to Brit Evan Hoyt and Tung-Lin Wu of Taipei in the doubles final.
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