SIBIU, September 23, 2018
Dragos Dima has become the third player from Romania after Adrian Ungur and Victor Hanescu to reach the final of the €43,000 Sibiu Open, held on clay clay courts of the Tenis Club Palmira. The wild card entry from Bucharest defeated Spaniard Pedro Martínez 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Dima, currently ranked World No. 394, saved six of the seven break points he faced, capitalizing on four of his own chances to advance to his first final on the ATP Challenger Tour after one hour and 35 minutes.
Dima will face Dutch qualifier Jelle Sels, who benefited from the retirement of top seed Laslo Djere, who was forced to stop playing after only one game due to a right should injury. Sells clinched three ITF Pro Circuit titles this season but lost the only previous meeting with Dima in Romania two years ago. The 26-year-old local favourite lifted two ITF Futures trophies on home soil this year.
Krawietz/Mies continue successful season
Earlier in the day, Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies clinched the doubles title. The all-German tandem beat Tomasz Bednarek of Poland and David Pel from the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2. The final lasted 59 minutes.
It is the fourth ATP Challenger team title of the season for Krawietz and Mies. The pair split €2,670 in prize money as well as 80 ATP-Ranking points.