TROISDORF/STARNBERG, May 29, 2022
Lukas Klein captured the title of the inaugural Saturn Oil Open after coming through two qualifying rounds and five main-draw matches – dropping only one set in his very first encounter in Troisdorf, Germany. The 24-year-old Slovakian started his qualifying campaign at the €45,730 clay-court event last Sunday against Pawel Cias from Poland.
Seven days later on a sunny afternoon at the TC RW-Troisdorf, Klein fought past Zizou Bergs from Belgium 6-2, 6-4 to clinch his maiden trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour. It was a display of powerful tennis from the World No. 327, who won 78 per cent of his first-service points and broke his rival in the championship match four times to seal victory in one hour and 15 minutes.
Saturn Oil Open. F: @ZizouBergs🇧🇪-Lukas Klein🇸🇮 2-6 4-6. ZIZOU played a good match but Klein was whole match in the zone and flawless today. Great week of ZIZOU. Well done copain. Up to Poznan👌🙌🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/LrsSepRmCs
— Koen Bergs (@KoenBergs) May 29, 2022
Klein, a winner of six titles on the ITF Pro Circuit, showed some solid performances at Challenger level last season before a wrist injury took him out of competition for six months. He returned to the courts at the Andalucia Open in Marbella in late March.
Klein pocketed in Troisdorf €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.