CHARLOTTESVILLE, November 8, 2015
In two epic semifinal matches earlier today, Noah Rubin and Tommy Paul advanced to the finals of the 2015 Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger.
In the first singles semifinal, qualifier Noah Rubin defeated Henri Laaksonen, 7-5, 6-2. Playing in his seventh match of the tournament, Rubin played decisive tennis and was able to capitalize on return points, winning seven out of eighteen break points.
The 2014 Wimbledon Boy’s Singles Champion will be playing in his first ATP Challenger Tour final and is looking to take the lead in the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. This summer, Rubin reached the final of the US-$15,000 Futures in Tulsa, Okla., and the semifinals at the US-$15,000 Futures in Wichita, Kan.
In the remaining singles semifinal, fellow American teen Tommy Paul, took on Dimitar Kutrovsky in a rather stress-free match. Kutrovsky gave up five double faults and was only able to win fifty-three percent of his first serve points. Paul was able to take advantage of this, winning the match 6-3, 6-4, in just over a hour and fifteen minutes.
Paul will also be playing in his first ATP Challenger Tour Singles Final. This past May, Paul won the 2015 French Open Boys’ Singles title after defeating Taylor Fritz in the final. Paul reached a career high ranking of No. 316 in the world just this week and is currently in the lead for the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge (due to his higher ranking).
On the doubles side, the No. 3 seeded team of Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin saved four match points to defeat No. 1 seeds, Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen (2012 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion), 6-2, 3-6, 13-11. The Canadian Duo will now face off against the No. 2 seeded American’s, Chase Buchanan and Tennys Sandgren, in the final tomorrow.
Saturday, November 7 – RESULTS
Singles – Semifinals
Q-Noah Rubin, United States, d. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, 7-5, 6-2,
ALT-Tommy Paul, United States, d. Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles – Semifinals
Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin (3), Canada, d. Johan Brunstrom, Sweden, and Frederik Nielsen (1), Denmark, 6-2, 3-6, 13-11.