BIEL/STARNBERG, March 27, 2022
Jurij Rodionov is the champion of the second edition of the Flowbank Challenger Biel/Bienne, held at the Nationales Leistungszentrum Swiss Tennis inside the Jan Group Arena in Biel/Bienne, a town and a municipality with about 60,000 inhabitants situated in the canton of Bern.
In a singles final between two unseeded players, the World No. 201 from Austria edged past Kacper Zuk of Poland 7-6(3), 6-4. Rodionov struck nine aces and won 84 per cent of his first-service points. He broke his opponent on match point in the 10th game of the second set to prevail after one hour and 29 minutes. It marked Rodionov’s first match win over Zuk in the pair’s third meeting.
Rodionov lifted his fourth trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour, his first since 2020 Morelos, Mexico. The Nuremberg native only dropped one set this week and pocketed €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.
“I want to congratulate Kacper for a great week and wish im all the best for the upcoming tournaments,” Rodionov said during the on-court ceremony. “Thanks to the whole organization team. It was pleasure to play in front of so many people. This doesn’t happen too often at Challenger level. Of course, I hope to play in Miami next year but if it doesn’t work out, I will be more than happy to come back.”
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“We saw really good tennis throughout the tournament and the performance of the Swiss players was also a pleasure,” said tournament director Alessandro Greco.
“It’s also nice to see that interest in our tournament is steadily growing. At times this week we had more than 500 spectators inside the arena. And so we are already looking forward to next year.”