Navone Notches Challenger De Buenos Aires Title

Mariano Navone (photo: Challenger de Buenos Aires)


Mariano Navone has clinched the title of the Challenger de Buenos Aires. The 190th-ranked Argentine came back from a set down to outlast his compatriot and tournament’s top seed Federico Coria 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday’s singles final.

Navone converted eight of his 11 break-point opportunities and won 52 per cent of the total points played to seal victory in two hours and 32 minutes.

“It was a very difficult tournament; today, at one point, it seemed like I was going to lose, but I managed to turn it around. Winning at home is always something beautiful. When I think that there are people paying for a ticket to watch me, I can’t believe it. I am very happy. Of all the Challengers in Argentina, I always wanted to win the one in Buenos Aires,” said the champion, who earned $17,650 in prize money as well as 100 ATP Ranking points.

By lifting his fourth ATP Challenger Tour trophy of the season, Navone will enter the top 150 of the ATP Rankings, achieving the best position of his career.