Pavol Cervenak aims to triumph in front of home fans when he plays qualifier Inigo Cervantes-Huego in the final of the Challenger Trophy Trnava.
Cervenak has a golden chance to win his home event after enjoying his finest week of the 2011 season, cruising through to the final without dropping a set. Seasoned observers of the challenger tour have long felt Cervenak is under-ranked (the highest he's ever been is 224), he has a big serve and great defensive skill but he's been too inconsistent week-in, week-out to trouble the top 200.
There was a big surprise in the other semi-final as Jan Hajek crashed out to the little known qualifier Cervantes-Huego. Hajek made a great start and led 6-3, 2-0 at one stage but lost his concentration, let Cervantes back into the match and by the end, the Spaniard was dictating all the points. Hajek eventually retired trailing 3-6, 6-4, 4-1 but Cervantes had far too much intensity in the second and third sets and Hajek found himself stuck six feet behind the baseline in most of the rallies.
However Cervenak's serving and his ability to step up the court and attack should give him the edge in this one. Look for him to claim the title with another straight sets victory.