The Italian Giannessi found his winning ways again by defeating the Austrian Ofner in the final in a genuine battle of more than three hours 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(6).
Zadar hosted the finals of the Challenger tournament with two players already experienced in a thousand battles: Austrian Sebastian Ofner and experienced Italian Giannessi. Both players reached the final with very good feelings, especially Giannessi, who was looking for another title almost four years after the last Vicenza victory in 2019.
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The game was presented as a duel between two compatriots, but they did not give up the attack either. In the first round, both players saw several breaks due to the nerves typical of the final, although in the end Giannessi won the first set because he was more aggressive at the key moment against the erratic Ofner.
The Italian tennis player was just one set away from the championship, although the second act would have a very different script than the first. The two players remained very steady in their bids throughout the set and just saw a service break that was key for the Austrian to eventually take a hard-fought second set 7-5, and thus the final went to a decisive third sleeve.
Giannessi didn’t feel the shock of losing the second set and quickly took the lead early in the third with two breaks giving him a comfortable 4-0 lead that indicated the match would soon be over. . But Ofner did not give up, and the result of his persistence and persistence at the bottom raised suspicions in his rival as the games progress. The final road break decided which tennis player was the winner and after a heart-stopping finish in which both held the championship ball, Giannessi finally won another Challenger title after a drought of almost four years.