ZUG/STARNBERG, July 30, 2023
Arthur Rinderknech has captured the title of the second edition of the Finaport Zug Open held at the Tennis Club Zug in Switzerland. The top seed of the €145,000 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court tournament rallied from a set down to overcome Joris de Loore of Belgium 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday’s singles final.
Rinderknech battled his way through the top half of the draw with wins over Italian qualifier Gianmarco Ferrari, Stefano Travagilia of Italy, Adrian Andreev from Bulgaria and third-seeded Austrian Jurij Rodionov.
The World No. 80 from France fired 18 aces and won 83 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after two hours and 15 minutes.
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“It was a very close match, very similar to yesterday’s against Rodionov,” said Rinderknech. “I started well but then I was broken in the first set and all of a sudden I was down a set. After that, I just had to stay there, focusing on my serve. And then it was me to take the chance to break and I took the second set. I was one set all and cards were reshuffled. I continued to serve very well, I converted a break point, and my serve holds allowed me to win the third and the title. There were so many fans watching the finals, I saw that all the seats were taken. And Zug, I mean … Just look at this view! It’s as beautiful as all of Switzerland.”
By winning his fifth ATP Challenger Tour career title, his first of the season, Rinderknech took away €19,650 in prize money as well as 125 ATP Ranking points.
“It’s been a fantastic week in Zug with cool and friendly people, who contributed to perfect conditions for all the players,” the 28-year-old from Gassin said and added: “I love it here. If next year’s tournament schedule matches my planning, I’d be more than happy to come back to Zug – and to this very good tournament with great people.”