Maia (CH) – New final for the insatiable Luca Van Assche #maia #vanassche #blancaneaux #atpchallenger

This is the last Challenger of the year. The indoor clay facilities of Maia host an event that can open Australian doors. Nuno Borges, seeded n°1, was eliminated in the semi-finals by the Austrian Maximilian Neuchrist (359th), after a fight of nearly 3 hours of play (5-7, 6-3, 7-6[1])! The 31-year-old qualified player has never reached the final of a tournament of this level. He hasn’t won a tournament since the ITF Trier ($10,000) in 2015!

Luca Van Assche au micro Tennis Actu

Van Assche rolled Ymer, Lazarov and Gakhov

Luca Van Assche, he has no concerns. Number 176 after his final in Valence, the young Parisian just wants to finish on a high note. Preserved by the referee, he started Wednesday against Elias Ymer, seeded #3. In barely 1:10, the Habs pulverized the Swede 6-2, 6-1. A real demonstration before challenging the Bulgarian Alexander Lazarov in the second round on Thursday. This time, he needed 1h40 to win as a boss 6-3, 6-4. On Friday, he did not slow down his momentum. It’s Russian Ivan Gakhov, 257th in the world, who took for his rank with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat. The Frenchman is on fire and released a new big game this Saturday to extinguish (1-6, 6-2, 6-3) the Australian Aleksandar Vukic, 140th worldwide. He will play his fourth final of the season in “Chal”. He paws to open his counter. In terms of ranking, it is at the gates of the Top 150.

Blancaneaux will find himself 170th…

Returning to Portugal, Geoffrey Blancaneaux, 135th in the world, had to relive the ecstasy of his first title won on December 12, 2021. Then 234th in the world, the Val-de-Marnais had subdued the Taiwanese Tseng finally. Seeded No. 4 thanks to packages, he nevertheless quickly became disenchanted. On Tuesday, he fell in the first round against the Bosnian Nerman Fatic (6-1, 6-4). His 80 points will be withdrawn on December 11. He can expect a little “gadin”.



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