With two singles titles from three finals on the ITF Pro Circuit in Europe, Germany’s Peter Torebko is our featured player this month.
First up for the 23-year-old was a visit to Ostend in Belgium. At this tournament Torebko was competing as the second seed and opened with a convincing 61 62 win in the first round. He was brought back down to earth in the second round where he was forced to come from behind to win through to the quarterfinal.
Another close match followed against the seventh seeded fellow German Sami Reinwein and a 64 64 win set him up with a semifinal meeting with the number three seed, Antal Van Der Duim from the Netherlands. Torebko won this encounter in three sets to reach the final where his opponent was Alexandre Sidorenko from France who, in his semifinal, had eliminated the top seed in three sets. Sidorenko himself was seeded fourth.
In yet another close set of tennis for Torebko he managed to edge into a one set lead but the second set proved far more comfortable and Torebko reeled off six games in a row to record a 64 60 triumph. This was his second career singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit with the first having come three years previous in Germany.
A two-week break from competition play followed before Torebko returned to on court action for the final two tournaments of the month in Poland, starting with a tournament in Poznan, where he was also entered into the doubles event with Hungarian partner Robert Varga.
The doubles, where he was unseeded, saw him make an exit in the semifinal to the second seeds and eventual champions in a one-sided 60 63 loss. In the singles event Torebko, as the number two seed, was to reach the final for the second time this month.
His journey to the final was, however, not an easy one despite only losing one set, the opener in the quarterfinal, in the four rounds preceding the final. The final was a battle between the top two seeds with Spaniard Javier Marti emerging victorious 63 64.
Staying in Poland, Torebko brought the month to a close in Sobota where he was seeded fifth in the singles event and again unseeded in the doubles. With new partner Pavel Kuzin from the Ukraine he again suffered a semifinal elimination, losing 61 75 to the number one seeds from Belarus.
He was not, however, to end the month with a defeat as he once more reached a singles final. As in his run to the final the previous week, he was made to fight hard for the win in each round culminating with a 63 36 61 win in the final over Javier Marti, their second clash in a final in as many weeks.
The title win, besides evening the score with Marti for the loss in the Poznan final, was all the more impressive as he faced, and defeated, each of the top three seeded players in successive rounds.
During this month Torebko also peaked at a new career high ATP Singles World Ranking of 354.