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Andújar crowned triumphant in Marbella

Paire and Andújar, after the final on Sunday.
Paire and Andújar, after the final on Sunday. / Josele-Lanza
  • After battling for two and a half hours, Andújar saved a match point and won the Marbella Challenger tennis tournament, leaving French rival Benoit Paire in second place

The final of the Marbella Challenger was filled with uncertainty on Sunday at the Puente Romano tennis club. After a gruelling two-and-a-half-hour match, it was Spaniard Pablo Andújar (88th ATP ranking) who emerged victorious, winning the Admiral Casino Trophy.

His rival, Benoit Paire (67th) had been the favourite to win in Marbella. The Frenchman started well, winning the first set 6-4, but missed his opportunity to get an early win after he failed to take advantage of the match point in the second.

Andújar showed a formidable reaction in the second set, breaking his rival's serve in the tenth game and winning a tie-break. Paire struck back with some powerful play, but it wasn't quite enough to beat the Spaniard. This tournament victory is the tenth of Andújar's career and the sixth Challenger title he has won.

Andújar played and beat local tennis star Davidovich in the semi-finals on Saturday. However, the young Malaga player suffered an injury in the second set which required physiotherapy on the court.