Krstin Takes First Challenger Crown Winning San Luis Open

Winner and runner-up in San Luis Potosi: Pedja Krstin and Marcelo Arevalo (photo: Ivan Salinas Palacios)

SAN LUIS POTOSI, March 28, 2016

Pedja Krstin is the champion of the $50,000 San Luis Open Challenger, winning Sunday’s final against qualifier Marcelo Arevalo from El Salvador 6-4, 6-2.

Pedja Krstin (photo:  Ivan Salinas Palacios)

Pedja Krstin (photo: Ivan Salinas Palacios)

The 21-year-old from Serbia withstood seven aces, hitting five of his own. He saved the only break point he faced and broke his opponent’s serve three times to lift his first trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour after one hour and 23 minutes.

“It has been my second Challenger final within the last three weeks. I reached my maiden final in Puebla and lost in three sets,” Krstin told afterwards.

“I started very well today, which is very important but I was also the luckier player in certain situations today. I feel good here in Mexico, almost like at home. So I am very happy.” 

Krstin earns $7,200 in prize money as well as 90 ATP ranking points.

Later in the afternoon, third seeds Marcus Daniell and Artem Sirtak captured the doubles title, winning 6-3, 7-6 over the tournament’s top-seed Santiago Gonzalez and Mate Pavic in one hour and 20 minutes.

Marcus Daniell and Artem Sirtak (photo: Ivan Salinas Palacios)

Marcus Daniell and Artem Sirtak (photo: Ivan Salinas Palacios)