Photo: Corinne DubreuilToni Androic (CRO)
The spotlight for November 2013 falls upon Croatian Toni Androic who competed in four Futures events in his home nation during the course of the month, picking up two singles titles.
A run of good results in August and September this year had pushed Androic’s ranking higher and bred some confidence into the 21-year olds game but in his first event in November he was forced to qualify to make the main draw of the Umag.
Two straight sets victories in qualifying were followed up by a series of impressive results which saw Androic lose just 16 games on the way to the final dispatching the second and fifth seeds along the way.
A third title of the year would have to wait, however, as he came up against Nik Razborsek at the last hurdle who had shown equally notable form throughout the week having beaten the top seed in the second round in straight sets. Despite taking the first set Androic was swept aside in emphatic fashion 46 62 61 to finish as runner-up.
His performances in Umag had been good enough to earn him a wild card into the main draw of the following week’s event in Bol. After safely negotiating his way into the quarterfinal he faced a rematch of the previous week’s final against Razborsek and extracted a degree of revenge by advancing 62 64.
Victory over third seed Salvatore Caruso of Italy in the semifinal was followed by a fifth consecutive straight sets victory to claim the title against Ivo Mijic, 62 60.
The run of results of the previous two weeks lifted Androic to the position of top seed for Croatia F16 but the large number of matches may also have taken their toll as he fell in the quarterfinal this time around in a match tiebreak against eventual champion Tomislav Brkic.
The third week in Bol saw a return to form as once again Androic made light work of the competition.
Smooth progress saw straight sets victories throughout the week and faced twins Ivan and Matej Sabanov in the semifinal and final with neither able to halt the run of Androic to a fourth title of 2013 and a debut amongst the world’s Top 300 when the rankings were published on the first Monday of December.
There were mixed results in doubles action for Androic throughout the month as he partnered fellow Croatian Tomislav Draganja with whom he had previously won a title earlier in 2013.
A promising start was made in Umag to begin the month where the pair reached the semifinal but were edged out by the eventual champions but this was followed by back-to-back first round exits. The final tournament in Bol saw a slight return to form, however, with another semifinal appearance before losing to Nikola Ciric and Goran Tosic 46 76(4) 10-6, who went on to raise the trophy in the final.