PORTOROZ, August 13, 2017
Sergiy Stakhovsky is the champion of the €43,000 Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open. The third seed from the Ukraine rallied past Italy’s #NextGenATP player Matteo Berrettini in Saturday evening’s singles final 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
In the pair’s first meeting, Stakhovsky came back from a set and 0-3 down, saved five of the 10 break points he faced, converting six of his own to prevail in two hours and 32 minutes.
The 31-year-old earns €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP ranking points. Stakhovsky’s sixth ATP Challenger title, his first trophy since Seoul last year, will help me to re-enter the Top 100 on Monday.
“I haven’t been here in Portoroz for a long time,” Stakhovsky told. “The tournament is perfect to take the family with you. Everyone can enjoy the beach and I can focus on playing tennis. It was a great choice.”
Berrettini could also take the positives from the week.
“I think I played well. The surface here is quite slow and it is difficult to break but Sergiy was very aggressive, in particular in the third set. I am happy with the progress I am making.”