Tomas – heir of Tomas

07.03.2021    Views: 1149
Source: KTF press-service
The two-week tennis festival in the capital of Kazakhstan is over. There were many beautiful games, offensive defeats and vivid emotions, which were all presented by Forte Challenger 100 and Forte Challenger 125 tournaments’ participants, the KTF press service sums up.
The final match of Forte Challenger 125 was played by the Austrian Sebastian Ofner and the Czech Tomas Machac. Sebastian (24 years) does not have high-profile victories and titles yet. He is world No. 163 now. For the Austrian, Nur-Sultan is a lucky city. In 2018, he won the Challenger here.
The namesake and heir of the world and Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych, Tomas Machac, demonstrated phenomenal performance on the way to the final, defeating the Swiss Henri Laaksonen, the American Forte Challenger 100 champion Mackenzie McDonald, the top seed South Korean Soonwoo Kwon and the Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran. The 20-year-old Machac is noticeably progressing. In 2018, he first entered the ATP rating, where he finished the year at 536th place. In 2019, the Czech was already 357th and in 2020, he was world No. 195. As of March 7, Tomas is ranked 166. Considering the victory in Forte Challenger 125 and his participation in other competitions, it is quite possible that the Czech will enter the top 100 by the end of the year.
The final match turned out to be spectacular as expected. Ofner was leading 5:2 in the first set, but he was not able to take the set right away, giving the opponent two more games. On the fourth attempt, the Austrian took the set-ball. Machac was not going to give up easily and made a break at the beginning of the second set, which allowed him to complete the set in his favor.
The turning point came in the third set. When the score was 2:2 on the game-ball, Tomas barely touched the line and the line referee recorded an out. However, the chair umpire made a decision in favor of the Czech. Ofner did not agree with the latter. Arguments with the judge did not lead to anything, and the Austrian lost the next game on his serve. This mistake decided the outcome of the match. Machac was very concentrated and took the victory with confidence. Final result was 4:6, 6:4, 6:4. Tomas Machac is the champion of Forte Challenger 125!
"The fight is always tense in any final. My opponent played and served very well. But I managed to win, although I was upset that I lost the first set because of my mistakes. I like Kazakhstan. I'm here for the fourth time and I will be happy to come again ", Machac said after the awarding ceremony.
We would like to share some statistics on two tournaments for fans of numbers. The most aces were made by Forte Challenger 125 finalist Sebastian Ofner - 54. The second place was shared by the American Mackenzie McDonald and the Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran - 47 aces each. The third place goes to the winner of the tournament Tomas Machac with 41 aces.
The longest match was played between the Slovak Martin Klizan and the Kazakhstani Timofey Skatov. Their battle lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes. The Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran, despite his defeat in the semifinals, became the winner of the "Shortest Match" nomination. He won the Japanese Ito in 42 minutes.
During the tournaments, players and organizers used:
  • 2,600 pairs of gloves;
  • 1,250 protective masks;
  • 703 antiseptic bottles;
  • 308 towels;
  • 2,502 bottles of water (0.49 l);
  • 102 kg of bananas.
General sponsor of the tournament - ForteBank.                         
Official partners - Kazzinc, Terra Motors Aqua Rossa

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