There were no breaks of serve in the final set although Hanfmann had to fight off two match points when serving at 5-6. Hanfmann led the third set tiebreak 4-2 at the changeover and would go on to take it 7-4 to book his spot in the final against Italy's Fabio Fognini (ATP 31).
Hanfmann is guaranteed a $53,620 payday by making the finals and if he wins he'll earn $101,004 (career earnings going into the week were $96,582). Hanfmann entered the week with an ATP singles ranking of 170 and with a win over Fognini he'd jump to 101; if he falls to Fognini he'd still be looking at a new career high of 125.
Aleks Vukic won his first career pro title on Saturday with a three set win over Deiton Baughman in the finals of the USA F25 Futures in Champaign, Illinois. The Illinois rising senior served for the first set up 5-2 but Baughman won 12 of the next 13 points to knot it at 5-all. Vukic broke back from 30/40 to go up 6-5 and then he closed the set out by holding in a one-deuce game (fought off a break point at 30/40).
In the second set, five of the first six service games went to at least one deuce but none resulted in a break with each fighting off five break points. After three quick holds Baughman broke Vukic from 30/40 to take the set 6-4.
Vukic broke Baughman to start the third set and he would add another break to go up 4-1. Baughman broke for 4-2 but Vukic broke back and then served it out from 40/30 to win it 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Vukic picked up 27 ATP points with the win and when those points are added in a week from now he should jump from 960 to around 640.
Quote from Illinois's recap - "That was an unbelievable crowd," said Vukic. "I was not expecting that. Brad and the staff did a great job of setting it up and it was a pleasure to play in front of them like I do in the college season. It is a different playing a professional tournament."
Cameron Norrie (TCU '17) will play in his second-career Challenger singles final after a 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Harrison (ATP 276) at the $75K Levene Gouldin & Thompson Challenger in Binghamton, New York.
Norrie had a dominating day all around with the former TCU Horned Frog winning 76% of the points on his serve while he won 55% of the points on Harrison's serve.
Norrie's opponent in Sunday's final will be the top seed Jordan Thompson (ATP 79) after the Aussie came back from a set down to defeat North Carolina rising sophomore William Blumberg. Blumberg took the opening set 6-4 but Thompson won the second 6-3. Thompson claimed the only break of the third set after breaking Blumberg's 2-2 service game and then a few games later he fought off a break point to serve out the 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win.
Blumberg picked up 29 ATP points for the semifinal appearance and when the new rankings come out on Sunday he'll have a new career high of right around 647.
The ATP had an article on Blumberg earlier in the week which also has some quotes so check that out here.
BB&T Atlanta Open - John Isner (Georgia '07) vs. Ryan Harrison; Mike/Bob Bryan (Stanford '98*) vs. Wesley Koolhof/Artem Sitak
Prague Open Challenger - Yannick Maden (Clemson '13) vs. Andrej Martin
Binghamton Challenger - Daniel Nguyen (USC '12)/Denis Kudla vs. Jarryd Chaplin (Tennessee '14)/Luke Saville
Cairo, Egypt F22 Futures - Mazen Osama (Alabama Rising Jr) vs. Youssef Hossam
Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal F13 Futures - Nuno Borges (Mississippi State Rising Jr) vs. Andres Artunedo Martinavarr
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt ITF $15K - Mayar Sherif (Pepperdine Rising Sr) vs. Eleni Kordolaimi (Houston '15)
Targu Jiu, Romania ITF $15K - Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt Rising Sr) vs. Belinda Woolcock (Florida '17)
Evansville, Indiana ITF $15K - Ann Li (2018 LSU commit) vs. Marcela Zacarias