The challenger in Rennes is over for yet another year. Unfortunately wasn’t Nico be able to defend his title with succs. But to make it to the final for the second year in row is definately not a bad performance. Steve Darcis played a very good final, and got the win in straight sets 6-2 6-4.
But before this final happened, a lot of other matches were played this week. Nico started with a first round match against Gregoire Burquier, who was defeated in straight sets: 6-4 6-4. (see the first photo. All photo’s, except the last one, from the Rennes challenger facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Open-de-Rennes-Internationaux-de-tennis-masculin/321373768144?sk=timeline )
In the next round waited Tobias Kamke, the german who was eight seeded in Rennes last week. Again no problems here for Nico, he advanced to the quarterfinals in another straight sets win: 7-6 6-3.
The quarterfinal was a very special match, because this tournament was the last professional tournament of Marc Gicquel. He played in Mons doubles with Nico, with a title as end result. This week it was Nico who ended the professional carreer of Marc, by winning their quarterfinal match with 6-2 6-4. Here is a link to the video with the matchpoint and a sumary of the ceremony followed after this matchpoint. http://youtu.be/jHf2obXy_SQ
In the semifinal was Nico opposite to the guy who surprised everyone, the 19-year old Enzo Couacoud. He played friday the match of his life to defeat Robin Haase in 3 sets, two of them tiebreaks. Unfortunately it was too much for this young guy to play so soon again, and he had to retire from the semifinal, when Nico was leading with 3-0.
This was the road to the final, with a match against Steve Darcis. Darcis played the weekend before against David Goffin in the Mons final, and was for the second week in a row in another final. In fact same with Nico too, only the doublesfinal in Mons and now the singlesfinal. Darcis was the stronger one today, playing very solid to take the match with 6-2 6-4. It gives good hope though for the weeks to come, ending with the last master event of the year in Paris.
(photo from Nico’s official facebook site, because the Rennes site didn’t have a photo of the singles finalists and their flowers)
The result in Rennes does have a little consequence though, Nico loses a few spots on the rankings again, and is now on 108. (102 last week). But, no matter the rankings, they’re just a number. The person doesn’t change, and he’s still our number one. ALLEZ!!