Lajovic Clinches Bastad Challenger Title

The World No. 79 from Serbia defeated Leonardo Mayer in straight sets. Tuna Altuna and Vaclav Safranek took the doubles crown.

Lajovic Dusan Lajovic (photo: Brigitte Urban)

BASTAD, July 15, 2017

Dusan Lajovic is the champion of the €43,000 Bastad Challenger. The top seed from Serbia defeated Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in Saturday’s final 6-2, 7-6.

Lajovic won 82 per cent of his first service points and 55 per cent of the total points played to prevail in one hour and 31 minutes. The 27-year-old clinched fifth ATP Challenger career title, his first since lifting the trophy in Banja Luka two years ago. Lajovic earns €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP ranking points.

“It’s good to have this feeling back. I am confident right now and hope to continue like this in the following weeks,” Lajovic told.

Altuna/Safranek Take Doubles Title

Earlier in the day, Tuna Altuna from Turkey and Vaclav Safranek of the Czech Republic clinched the doubles with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the Indian tandem N. Sriram Balaji and N Vijay Sundar Prashanth. The final lasted exactly one hour.

Vaclav normally plays singles but he is also a great doubles player. Teaming up here together this week obviously worked out very well. We are very happy,” Altuna told after winning their maiden ATP Challenger title.

“I lost in the opening round in singles, so I started to focus on doubles. Taking the doubles title here is a big surprise for me,” Safranek added.

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