The $125,000 event is annually contested during the second week of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and immediately prior to the Miami Open presented by Itaú. Due to its special exemption of being on the calendar between the two Masters 1000 tournaments, the Irving Tennis Classic again featured big names such as former top-20 player Dmitry Tursunov, four-time ATP Tour winner No. 33-ranked Thomaz Bellucci, Donald Young and past Irving Tennis Classic champions No. 50 Lukas Rosol (2014) and defending champion, No. 51 Aljaz Bedene.
In the second Challenger final of the year pitting two Top 100 players against each other, unseeded Marcel Granollers won in a rout over No. 4 seed and defending champion Aljaz Bedene, 6-1, 6-1.
“It was my first time here, so I feel very good in Irving,” Granollers said. “I hope to see you all next year, thank you very much.”
The match took just 59 minutes from Granollers, marking the second Challenger final this year to finish in under an hour. With the win, Granollers also stopped Bedene’s streak of seven consecutive victories in Challenger finals.
His victory on Sunday gave him the fourth ATP Challenger Tour title of his career and his first in six years, having last prevailed on home soil at Tarragona in 2010.
Doubles fans were also treated to a deep field that included former No. 1 players Mark Knowles and Leander Paes among those on hand. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Nicholas Monroe would prevail over Chris Guccione and Andre Sa 6-2, 5-7, 10-4 in the doubles final on Sunday afternoon.
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