Huesler Hoists Ismaning Challenger Trophy

Marc-Andrea Huesler (photo: Juergen Hasenkopf)

ISMANING, October 25, 2020

Marc-Andrea Huesler is the champion of the 2020 Wolffkran Open in Ismaning, Germany. The 24-year-old Swiss came back from a set and a break down to defeat Botic van de Zandschulp from the Netherlands 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-5 in Sunday’s singles final.

Huesler fired 19 aces and capitalized on three of his eight break point chances sprinting to the finish line on the carpet of the Tennis Club Ismaning after two hours and 17 minutes.

“I played really well, but the match could have gone either way. There were a lot of ups and downs. I had the upper hand towards the end and only a few points made the difference. I am happy about it,” Huesler told Tennis TourTalk.

“I grew up in Switzerland, so I am used to play on carpet. This has been my third time here. Sometimes I would prefer to have a bit more time to swing but the surface suits me. That’s why I planned to play here.”

The Zurich native is in the midst of a staggering stretch, extending his win streak to 10 straight after going back-to-back on the ATP Challenger Tour. He was also victorious at the Sibiu Open in Romania one month ago.

“Coming back from injury wasn’t easy at all but there weren’t any tournaments in March, so I had the chance to recuperate. I practiced a lot and it shows me that when you work hard that it pays off in the end. I reached the semi-finals at the ATP event in Kitzbühel, which has been my best result so far. That truly helped me to realize that I can beat any player. It changed the mindset going into a Challenger and now I have won two tournaments in a row, one on clay and one on carpet. It gives me lots of confidence but there are still many things to improve on and I am pretty motivated for the further way.”

Huesler, who has pocketed €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points, will stay in Germany for at least another week. What can we expect from the red-hot Swiss at the Tennis Challenger Hamburg presented by Tannenhof starting on Monday? “It’s going to be completely different. I heard that it’s a pretty slow hard court there. I am flying there tonight and will get some practice tomorrow to get used to the conditions. It’s a new tournament, different players. You never know. I will try my best for sure and will focus on the big points. The week after I am planning to play in Eckental, Germany on carpet again.”

Asked about his goals, the World No. 187 responded: “At the beginning of the season, I said that I wanted to play my first Grand Slam next year. That was actually succeeded a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s all about to use the confidence that I gained to make as many points as possible in the upcoming tournaments.”