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ATP Andria Challenger Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: French young gun, Ugo Humbert leads the Andria Challenger, with tour veteran, Paolo Lorenzi spearheading the Italian contingent

Leye Aduloju in Challengers 19 Nov 2018
  • The Andria Challenger is live from Andria, Italy from 19-25 November
  • Ugo Humbert leads the field, while Lorenzo Sonego and Paolo Lorenzi headline the hoe contingent
Ugo Humbert leads the Andria field. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

French youngster, Ugo Humbert is the top seed at the Andria Challenger, while veterans Paolo Lorenzi and Sergiy Stakhovsky also take their spots in the draw of the 43K Challenger meet.

The French youngsters are out in force in Andria as Corentin Moutet and Quentin Halys are also present, while Italian second seed, Lorenzo Sonego carries a significant portion of the home hope.

It’s the final week pf the 2018 Challenger Tour, and a chance for one of these players to end the season on a high, and more importantly, earn vital ranking points.

First Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Ugo Humbert (1) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (5)
Two players at opposite ends of the age bracket lead this quarter, with 20-year-old Humbert headlining the draw, and 32-year-old Ukrainian, Sergiy Stakhovsky on the other side of the first quarter. 

Humbert has made such great strides this year, winning the Ortisei and Segovia Challengers, and making other finals in Gatineau, Granby and Cassis. It’s been a hugely successful year for the Frenchman at that level. He also picked up his maiden ATP World Tour win in Metz, beating Bernard Tomic before falling to Nikoloz Basilashvili, while he qualified for his first Grand Slam at the US Open, and scored his first main draw win over American, Collin Altamirano. He lost to Stan Wawrinka in the second round.

Sergiy Stakhovsky. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Humbert hasn’t been in the best of forms of late as he has lost his first four matches, including a first-round defeat to Adrian Mannarino at the Paris Masters, but he will look to get back to winning ways when he opens his Andria campaign against Portugal’s Goncalo Oliveira. Either one of Czech, Zdenek Kolar or Belarusian, Uladzimir Ignatik is a possible second-round opponent.

On the other side of the quarter is Sergiy Stakhovsky, who remains most famous for his stunning four-set victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2013. It therefore comes as very little surprise that his best result this year was on grass, as he won the Ilkley Challenger. He also made a semi-final in Koblenz (hard courts), and quarter finals in Surbiton (grass), Portoroz, Orleans and Bratislava, the latter three on hard courts. The world number 138 won Grand Slam matches at Roland Garros (beat Feliciano Lopez), and Wimbledon (beat Joao Sousa).  Stakhovsky peaked at No. 31 in the world and possesses four career titles. He plays Italian, Matteo Viola first, and could take on Liam Caruana, the local wildcard at the Next Gen Finals in the second round.

Predicted Semi-Finalist: Ugo Humbert


Second Quarter 

Projected Quarter-Final: Corentin Moutet (7) vs Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (4)
Just like the first quarter, the second quarter is bounded on one side by experience, and on the other side, by youth. 33-year-old Spaniard, Adrian Menendez-Maceiras is seeking his fifth Challenger title, and second in 2018 having won in Puerto Vallarta earlier in the year, while 19-year-old Moutet, still very much in the infancy of his career, also targets his second Challenger title of the season, and his third overall.

Menendez-Maceiras also made finals in Recanati and Segovia, while he reached semi-finals in Portoroz, Cassis and Fairfield. He went 2-4 in ATP World Tour appearances, reaching the quarter finals in New York following wins over Jeremy Chardy and Steve Johnson (lost to Mannarino), while he suffered opening round defeats in Quito, Gstaad, and St. Petersburg. 

The Spaniard faces a tricky opener against another French youngster, Calvin Hemery, while Germany’s Kevin Krawietz or Italian, Gianluca Mager will be waiting in the second round- should he make it that far. 
 
Moutet, on the other side, won his sole Challenger title of the year in Istanbul, while he made another final in Bastad. The teenager got to the quarter finals of the ATP 250 meet in Quito, d picked up his first ever Grand Slam win with victory over Ivo Karlovic at his home Slam at Roland Garros. The Frenchman faces 27-year-old Italian, Alessandro Bega, who has been in fine form in the ITF futures Circuit in the opening round, while Federico Gaio and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina are possible second round opponents.

Predicted Semi-Finalist: Adrian Menendez-Maceiras


Third Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Paolo Lorenzi (3) vs Quentin Halys (6)
A veteran of 21 Challenger titles, and one ATP World Tour title, 36-year-old Italian, Paolo Lorenzi takes his place in this week’s Andria Challenger, seeking his third title of the season. He got the other two titles in Sopot and Cordenons. 

Paolo Lorenzi. (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Lorenzi has a career-high ranking of 33, while he has been as high as 43 this year, but he is currently outside the top 100, after losing points he had accumulated from competing predominantly on the ATP world Tour last season. Most of those points came at the US Open, where he reached the fourth round for the first time. He also reached the finals in Quito and Umag, and made the semis in Budapest. Lorenzi’s best on the ATP World Tour in 2018 were quarter finals in Sydney and Istanbul, while he made the second round at Wimbledon and the US Open.

The Italian begins his Andria campaign against wildcard, Andrea Pellegrino, and could face another Italian, Roberto Marcora in the second round.

Quentin Halys, champion in Quimper and Nanchang, is his potential quarter final opponent- provided the Frenchman gets past Croatia’s Viktor Galovic in the first round, and either Raul Brancaccio or Laurynas Grigelis in the second round. 

Predicted Semi-Finalist: Paolo Lorenzi


Fourth Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Lorenzo Sonego (2) vs Filippo Baldi (8)
Lorenzo Sonego leads the bottom half of the Andria draw, looking to win his second title of the season after claiming the Genova crown in September. Sonego also made semi-finals in Bergamo and Florence, with the latter result lifting him to a career-high ranking of 86th in early October. (He has since slipped outside the top 100).

While he had his best performances on the Challenger Tour, the 23-year-old had his moments on the main tour, reaching the quarter finals in Budapest, and getting to the second round of the Australian Open, the US Open, and the Rome Masters.

He’s got a pretty decent draw in Andria, as he opens against a qualifier, before taking on either wildcard, Jannick Sinner or another qualifier in the second round.
Filippo Baldi, champion in Ismaning, is his seeded quarter final opponent.

Predicted Semi-Finalist: Lorenzo Sonego


Semi-Finals

Ugo Humbert vs Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
Paolo Lorenzi vs Lorenzo Sonego

Final

Ugo Humbert vs Paolo Lorenzi

Winner

Paolo Lorenzi



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