Hanfmann Hoists Todi Challenger Trophy

TODI, August 23, 2020

Yannick Hanfmann from Germany is the champion of the Internazionali Di Tennis Citta Di Todi. The No. 7 seed of the €88,520 clay-court event defeated Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain 6-3, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final under the lights at the Tennis Club Todi 1971.

In front of about 100 spectators on a mild summer night in Central Italy, Hanfmann was the dominant player right from the start. After three breaks in a row, the 28-year-old German took command of the match and secured the opening set after 36 minutes.

The Karlsruhe native won 83 per cent of his first service points and capitalized on four of his nine break point chances to seal victory in one hour and four minutes.

“I felt comfortable in the final today, winning in straight sets,” Hanfmann told Tennis TourTalk after the match. “It was pretty close in the first set but I always had the feeling that I could break him in the second set.” The World No. 143 benefited from the fact that it was his second night shift in Todi this week following his triumph over Gian Marco Moroni of Italy in the stage of the final four.

“Yesterday’s match helped me to get used to the conditions. Bernabe had to play his first match under the lights, so he struggled a bit in the beginning today.” Hanfmann, a former World No. 99 and ATP Tour finalist at the 2017 Swiss Open Gstaad, just dropped one set this week. By lifting his sixth ATP Challenger career trophy, the Munich resident took away from Umbria €12,250 in prize money as well as 100 ATP Ranking points.

Asked about his feelings concerning the re-start of the ATP Challenger Tour, Hanfmann stated: “I think that for the first tournament, the organizers did a fantastic job, everybody felt pretty safe here. All the players were following the protocols and we were just lucky that it was possible to play here with all the rules in place. If this is the way that we can continue our schedule, then this week in Todi might be a role model for events.”

Hanfmann will stay in Italy to compete in the inaugural Cittia di Trieste next week. He will start his campaign in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region with a re-match against Moroni. “As it is pretty late tonight, I’m heading for Trieste with my coach tomorrow morning,” Hanfmann is looking forward to the upcoming week.