Mackenzie McDonald is the winner of the Forte Challenger 100

28.02.2021    Views: 836
Source: KTF press-service
The first week of big tennis has completed on February 28 in Nur-Sultan with the decisive battle at Forte Challenger 100 Singles where Mackenzie McDonald  won his third ATP Challenger Tour series title in his career.  In the decisive game the American hammered Austrian Jurij Rodionov, 6:1, 6:2.

Both athletes reached the Final in good shape. Rodionov started the Final with confidence. In the first game Austrian had two break points at serve of the American, however owing to two powerful serves Mackenzie evened the course of the game, and in the following rally he sealed the deal using a formidable forehand. The unrealized break significantly impacted Rodionov's psychological state, he then gave away two games to the opponent at his own serve. McDonald forced his rival apart over the corners and took the first set, 6:1.

Mackenzie continued to play agressively using dense shots across the whole width of the court and was trying not to let the opponent to slow the game down. This way he was scoring the desired points. The game of the Austrian was falling apart like a ''card-house''. McDonald was totally focused while completing the accurate strikes. Completely discouraged Rodionov could not make it back and lost the set (2:6) and the overall match.

At the awarding ceremony the winner thanked the rival for the good final and the host for making the Forte Challenger 100 bright and exciting.

"When the opportunity arose to play again in Nur-Sultan, I had no single doubt even for a second. In October last year at the Astana Open 2020 I managed to reach the tournament's quarterfinal, where I lost to my opponent back then. My second visit to the capital of Kazakhstan has proved to be lucky. I enjoyed every minute being the guest in this wonderful country'',  said the American at the awarding ceremony.

Having become the triumpher of the Forte Challenger 100, Mackenzie gained 100 ranking points and earned $ 14,400.

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