Otte Takes Challenger Title In Aix

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, September 13, 2020

Oscar Otte clinched his second ATP Challenger Tour title, winning the € 132,280 Open du Pay’s d’Aix Cepac held on clay at the Country Club Aixois in Aix-en-Provence, France. The 27-year-old German, who entered the main draw with a special exempt after finishing runner-up to Aslan Karatsev at the Ostrava Open last weekend, fought past young Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4.

Otte, who posted wins over French lucky loser Arthur Cazaux, Argentine veteran Leonardo Mayer, Danilo Petrovic of Serbia and compatriot Daniel Altmair during this week, fired 10 aces and won 89 per cent of his first-service points in the championship match to seal victory in two hours and 36 minutes.

“I had a good start into the match, gained an early break, also in the second set,” Otte told Tennis TourTalk and Mein Sportpodcast.de in a Skype call later in the evening. “Then I became a bit nervous and he started to play better. I tried to stay calm and was focused in the third set. I served well, crowned by an ace on match point. It was a very good week. Physically I felt very good and I can take a lot of positives from this week.”

By lifting his second ATP Challenger trophy following his maiden triumph in Lisbon, Portugal three year ago, Otte pocketed in Southern France €18,290 in prize money as well as 125 ATP Ranking points.

“I will celebrate a bit alone in my hotel room before I will fly home tomorrow,” the Cologne native said and added that after two days off, he will next play the qualifying at Roland Garros. “On Friday I will go to Paris in order to arrive early for the Covid-19 testing.”

On Saturday, Andres Molteni of Argentina and Hugo Nys from Monaco clinched the doubles title. The No. 4 seeds defeated the No. 3 seeds Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar from Colombia 6-4, 7-6(4). The final lasted one hour and 30 minutes.