Sela wins 18th tennis title
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Sela wins 18th tennis title

Sela is through to the third round at Wimbledon
Sela is through to the third round at Wimbledon
SELA 2015
Sela won his 18th tennis title at the weekend

Dudi Sela is back in the world’s top-100 rankings after he secured his 18th title on Sunday by beating John-Patrick Smith in the final of the Odlum Brown VanOpen in West Vancouver

Winning the final, 6-4, 7-5 in 93 minutes, the Israeli became only the fifth player in Challenger history to win four or more titles at the same event. Speaking after the win, he said: “In Israel we practise on a court where the balls are not bouncing high and it’s the same here. I’m not that tall. This one suits me very well. I have many friends and family here. I feel at home. They are pushing me and I don’t want to let them down. I feel like I’m playing in Israel.”

Just three wins behind Japan’s Go Soeda on the all-time Challenger titles list, he said: “Of course I would prefer it to be ATP World Tour titles, but when I’m not playing my best in ATP I go to the Challengers to get my confidence back. It’s good to go back and practise a lot and I think you’re more relaxed in a Challenger and work on some things in your game.

“It’s always nice to win a tournament and win a lot of matches. I didn’t do that for a long time and this is a nice feeling. Every match I played better this week, so I feel really good and I want to play well in the US Open.”

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