Irving, TX (March 22, 2015) – The Irving Tennis Classic crowned its singles champion today, Slovenian Aljaz Bedene. Ranked No. 115 in the world, Bedene won his 9th career ATP Challenger Tour event with a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 83 American, Tim Smyczek. In the doubles final, first time partners Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky were triumphant in the finals against Germans Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4.
Lindstedt has 18 ATP doubles titles and finished in the Top 20 of the doubles rankings for the 4th year in a row last year after capturing a maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open. Stakhovsky has a career total of 3 ATP doubles titles and achieved his most exciting win of his career in 2013 when he defeated seven-time champion Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon, ending the Swiss’ run of 36 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals. En route to the finals Lindstedt and Stakhovsky defeated [WC] Nate Eazor (USA)/Chase, Wood (USA), Gilles Muller (LUX)/Aisam-Ul-Haq (PAK), and Aljaz Bedene (SLO)/Damir Dzumhur (BIH).
Due to rain yesterday afternoon, the semi-finals match up of Smyczek and Muller was completed earlier today, in which Smyczek upset second seed and No. 36 Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-4, 7-6(8). Smyczek claimed his 4th ATP Challenger Tour title in February at the RBC Tennis Championships in Dallas, and it took Bedene three sets to end Smyczek’s Texas winning streak.
“It wasn’t easy. He runs well, he is a fast guy, he doesn’t have any weaknesses, can hit from both sides, and has a solid serve…it was a tight match, and I guess I was better today,” said Bedene who will play in qualifying singles tomorrow in Miami.
Bedene arrived in Irving after losing in the qualifying rounds at Indian Wells, Calif. On his way to the finals at the Irving Tennis Classic, Bedene defeated Rajeev Ram (USA), upset tournaments 4th seed No. 46 Dominic Thiem (AUT), 7th seed No.61 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), and yesterday beat qualifier Kyle Edmund (GBR) in the semi-finals.
About Irving Tennis Classic
The ATP Irving Tennis Classic (previously Dallas Tennis Classic) is an international level Challenger event governed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) offering $125,000 in prize money. The tournament features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The annual event is held between the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California and the Miami Open in Florida. For more information about the Irving Tennis Classic at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, go to the tournament’s website at IrvingTennisClassic.com or follow the tournament on Twitter (@irvingclassic).