CORDENONS/STARNBERG, August 7, 2022
Zhizhen Zhang of China claimed the singles title of the €45,730 Serena Wines Tennis Cup 1881 Internazionali Del Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 25-year-old rallied from a set down to overcome home favourite Andrea Vavassori 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 on Sunday evening.
Under the lights on Center Court at Eurosporting Cordenons, Zhang converted four of his 14 break-point chances, won five points less than his opponent but secured victory in three hours and two minutes.
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By winning his third ATP Challenger Tour career title, his first since 2019 and first on European soil, World No. 197 Zhang earned € 6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.
Vavassori, who finished runner-up to fellow Italian Raul Brancaccio at last week’s San Benedetto Challenger and captured the doubles title alongside Dustin Brown in Cordenons on Saturday, was seeking his first singles trophy. The 27-year-old Torino native pocketed € 3,650 in prize money and 50 ATP Ranking points.