On Sunday’s climax of the Wroclaw Open, third-seed Farrukh Dustov captured his fourth ATP Challenger title beating Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes. In front of about 2.000 people at Orbita Hall, the 28-year-old Uzbek was in control of the match right from the beginning and didn’t have to face a single break point. Dustov ended his 2014 series of Challenger finals he lost after he was beaten in Brescia, Bratislava, Vancouver and Winnetka.
“I think I played better than yesterday. I know that Mirza could be a dangerous player. I broke him early in the set at 3-3 and then I took the frame. I also broke him right at the beginning of the second set and kept my service until the end. I wasn’t so fresh like yesterday. By the end of the second set I became a bit tired and didn’t serve so well. I tried to play shorter points avoiding longer rallies,” Dustov analysed the match and will break into the top 100 on Monday.
“This is a special moment for me. I wasn’t practising so much when I was young. Then I decided to be more serious about tennis only two years ago and did more practice sessions. I will also be the first player for Uzbekistan who has become a top 100 player,” the man from Tashkent told proudly and added with a smile that Denis Istomin, the current world number 65, was born in Russia. “Of course I will go on and try to get into the top 50,” Dustov stated about his further goal.
“This was my first time in Poland and I really wanted to say that people here are very nice and open minded. Wroclaw is also a very beautiful city and I hope to come back to Poland one day,” the champion pointed out at the end of the press conference.
Earlier the day, German tandem of Philipp Petzschner and Tim Pütz gained their first team title winning 7-6, 6-3 against Frank Dancevic and Andriej Kapas in a doubles final between two unseeded pairs.
“It was a tough first set but we opened the match with an early break. Unfortunately they broke us back and the set could have gone either way. In the second frame, we took the momentum away and won the match,” Petzschner stated about the encounter. The 30-year-old German had to undergo two surgeries in the past months and is still not at his best. “My shoulder is still not good and it hurts. I haven’t made up my mind yet, if I want to focus on singles or doubles. I actually want to play singles but if it doesn’t work, we will see,” the German former US-Open and Wimbledon doubles champion told about his further plans.
“It’s great to have another ATP Challenger in Europe. It’s close to our home and in seven hours I’ll be in my own bed. That’s great. It’s less travel, no time changes, so I prefer staying in Europe,” Pütz told about the new edition of the Wroclaw Open. “I have two kids and haven’t seen them for a long time. So I’m not sure yet, if I go to the United States playing the hard court season,” Petzschner added.