Stebe Returns To Winners’ Circle At Parma Challenger

STARNBERG, November 8, 2020

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany has clinched his first trophy since the 2017 Sibiu Open by winning the inaugural €44,820 Internazionali Di Tennis Citta di Parma, held inside the PalaRaschi in Parma, Italy. The No. 7 seed defeated Briton Liam Broady 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday’s singles final.

In the pair’s first meeting, Stebe was in control of the match right from the beginning. The World No. 141 won 81 per cent of his second-service points, didn’t face a break point and converted two of his own 14 break-point opportunities to secure victory in one hour and 36 minutes.

“I am very happy and feel relieved,” Stebe told Italian journalist Matteo Mosciatti after the title match. “It has been a really great week for me. It is not easy to play on this surface, as it is very fast. But I managed to stay focused the entire week.”

By lifting his eighth ATP Challenger career trophy, Stebe took away from the Emilia-Romagna region €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.

“I am happy to be through in two sets, as Liam is a great competitor. It is never easy against him. You don’t get anything for free. You have to work for everything,” the 30-year-old Muehlacker native commented on the championship match.

The indoor event in Parma was Stebe’s final tournament of the season. What does he think about this year? “It was a mixed season. I started off very well, when the pandemic broke out, I was a bit unmotivated to practice and to return to the tour was mentally very tough for me. To finish the season with a win, however, is always a good feeling. “

Asked about his goals for 2021, Stebe responded: “Definitely getting back to the Top 100 and to stay healthy.”