Category: Noumea

Challenger Noumea FINAL Recap

[Editor’s note: our intrepid Noumea Bureau Chief Jon Artman crawled out of the swim-up bar long enough to file this report on the final]

A week of excellent tennis has concluded here in Noumea, New Caledonia. The 2011 champion is Vincent Millot! He had a simply brilliant tournament and his results warranted the title, without a shadow of a doubt.

Millot defeated a clearly jaded Gilles Muller in 3 enthralling and tight sets. After the Frenchman sealed the first set in a tie-break, the left-handed Luxembourger romped back into the match with a 6-2 2nd set scoreline in his favour.

Despite the 3rd seed’s very best efforts, Millot once again regained the momentum to seal the match and Championship 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

Knocking out some of the best players of the field in Noumea, Millot showed excellent promise this week and if he can recapture this form elsewhere this season, he will rocket up the rankings and really could make a name for himself.

Felicitations, Vincent!

Results: Sao Paulo and Noumea Challengers

Match reports up later, for now the results:

Sao Paulo

[Q] Rafael Camilo defeated Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 5-7 7-6 7-5 (saved a match point in the TB!)

[1] Ricardo Mello leads [7] Federico Delbonis 6-4 5-7 *5-4 (play suspended: rain!)
[3] Gilles Muller defeated Augustin Gensse (FRA) 6-3 6-4
Vincent Millot defeated [2] Jesse Huta Galung, walkover
Vincent Millot defeated [3] Gilles Muller 7-6 2-6 6-4
Update on lack of further updates: Unfortunately, I’m not going to have the time to do a proper write-up up of these matches; I’m packing up to head down to Florida and cover the first four Futures events there.  In the meantime, caioswim has done an amazing job of covering the Sao Paulo tournament all week with his Youtube videos. Here’s a nice little chunk of the Camilo v Menendez match. It’s a good illustration of the weaponry Camilo has at his disposal, as well as the work he still needs to do to improve his consistency and fitness (note: he’s in the far court):
I have to say, I’m really starting to love this kid and his game.  And his breakout success in this event has not only been the story of the tournament (he’s now won 3 matches having saved match points), but further underlines how insane the tournament organizers were to put his epic match against Horacio Zeballos on an outside court, when the main court was available.  I’m still trying to get over that one.  Even his doubles final (he and Santiago Gonzalez are the top seeds and beat third seeds James Cerretani/Adil Shamasdin 6-4 6-7(6) 10-5 in the semis) won’t be on Court Central.  The tournament director must hate him. (kidding)
Anyway, here are the final points of the Camilo-Menendez contest:
It’s a shame we don’t have someone like caioswim in Noumea, but here are some pretty sweet pictures of Millot’s championship victory over Muller.  It was the 24-year-old Frenchman’s first Challenger Tour title (and his first final since June of 2009).  Second seeds  Freddie Nielsen and Dominik Meffert took the dubs trophy 7-6(4) 5-7 10-5 over top-seeded Flavio Cipolla and Simone Vagnozzi).
Regarding Jesse Huta Galung’s withdrawal: apparently playing the semifinals would be too much of a pain in the buttDidn’t want to take any chances with Australian Open qualifying so soon on the horizon.  Speaking of which, we’ll be providing full coverage of the qualifying tournament down under, with a very special guest author/editor on board.  Who could it be? Hint: it’s someone who writes much better then I do.  (Yes, I know: that doesn’t narrow down the field too much, haha.)

No Play In Noumea Today

You know what they say: the rain in Noumea falls mainly on the playa (as in “player” and not the Spanish word for “beach”, although I suppose the rain in Noumea falls on both).  And if you don’t know they say that, it’s probably because I just made it up.

Semifinals moved to tomorrow.  Our preview still applies as stands.  Our Noumea Bureau Chief Jonathan Artman is off the hook for the day.  I do hope he limits his carousing.

[Yet another in a long and hallowed line of award-winning dispatches from our Noumea Bureau Chief, Mr. Jonathan Artman]
Local boy Augustin Gensse continued his great run with victory over Slovakian Pavol Cervenak in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-4.

Gilles Muller continued his 3-set specialty wins with another over Flavio Cipolla, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a real thriller. Cipolla always does well here in Noumea but had his 2011 campaign ended by the big lefty from Luxembourg.

Vincent Millot pulled out another upset from the hat, defeating compatriot Josselin Ouanna in 3 sets, 3-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(2). A really hard-fought victory to progress to the semis.

2nd seed Jesse Huta Galung marched on towards the Final with a victory over Gregoire Burquier 6-4, 7-5.

Semi-Final Preview
The first Semi sees the current favourite for Noumea glory this year, Jesse Huta Galung, face off against surprise package Vincent Millot. Millot has seen off two compatriots as well as Amir Weintraub, who was on an 8-match winning streak before Millot ground it down to an abrupt halt.  The young, exciting Dutchman ought to finally put pay to the Frenchman’s hopes due to his consistent play from the baseline. Millot is capable of beating the likes of Galung on his day, however, so it promises to be an intriguing clash. Expect another 3 setter involving the Frenchman but Galung to finally prevail.

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Once again lovingly cut-and-pasted by my overtaxed typing fingers. You’re welcome!

[2] J Huta Galung (NED) b G Burquier (FRA) 64 75
[3] G Muller (LUX) b F Cipolla (ITA) 63 16 63
V Millot (FRA) b [6] J Ouanna (FRA) 36 76(0) 76(2)
A Gensse (FRA) b P Cervenak (SVK) 76(6) 64

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