WINNIPEG, July 15, 2019
Third-seeded Canadian Brayden Schnur was denied a first ATP Challenger title as he lost 7-6(3), 6-3 to sixth seed Norbert Gombos in Sunday’s singles final of the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger. Schnur was the second local favourite to suffer defeat to Gombos in singles action following the Slovak’s 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Benjamin Sigouin in the first round.
The 28-year-old from Bratislava converted three of his five break point chances in the title match to prevail after one hour and 38 minutes.
Gombos lost just one set throughout the entire tournament, that coming against Australian Andrew Harris in the second round. The World No. 133 soundly beat China’s Zhe Li 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals before seeing off the challenge of Hiroki Moriya of Japan 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals.
By lifting his seventh ATP Challenger career trophy, his second of the season following his triumph on home soil in Bratislava, Gombos took away from Canada $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP-Ranking points.
Gombos’ singles title victory comes a day after the doubles main draw came to an end. Peter Polansky of Canada and Darian King of Barbados defeated Canadian Adil Shamasdin and Hunter Reese 7-6(8), 6-3 in the final.