|Tatjana Maria and Daughter|
At the $100K Challenger of Dallas, World Junior No. 1 Andrey Rublev of Russia qualified and recorded his first challenger win. The 17 year old defeated the 2013 NCAA Champion and No. 3 Blaz Rola (SLO) and Agustin Velotti (ARG) before losing to 30 year old veteran, Rajeev Ram, 7-5 in the 3rd set. Despite the loss, the talented ballstriker was very impressive and showed that he belongs in the discussion of future stars.
As for Ram, he went on to make the final losing to fellow American Tim Smyczek 6-2 4-1 Ret'd (illness). The title pushed Smyczek back into the top 100 at 80, seven spots from his career high back in 2013.
.@timsmyczek returns to the Top 80 after winning 4th #Challenger title @RBCTennisChamps. More: http://t.co/oE8zMZHSCV pic.twitter.com/zf5pBB3ZHW
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) February 9, 2015