Mitchell Krueger of Aledo won his third career ITF Pro Circuit title with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over New Zealand’s Finn Tearney in the final at the $25,000 Jinan Futures tournament in Jinan, China.
The top-seeded Krueger did not lose a set in five matches at the tournament, and the victory avenged a 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to Tearney last week in Luan, China.
“I’m extremely pumped to have ended my Asia trip with a title in Jinan, China!” Krueger said via Facebook. “Couldn’t have asked for a better ending. Back to the states tomorrow and then time to get ready for the summer U.S. hardcourt swing!”
Krueger won the Futures titles in Los Angeles last year and ine Alkmaar, Netherlands, in 2013.
Krueger also advanced to the semifinals in doubles for the second consecutive week, playing with fellow American Connor Smith. In April, Krueger reached the doubles final at the Challenger event in Guadeloupe with former Texas A&M standout Austin Krajicek.
The 22-year-old Krueger has slipped to No. 267 in the ATP singles rankings after achieving a career-high of No. 225 last fall. However, he reached the quarterfinals at the $50,000 ATP Challenger in Bangkok, Thailand, two weeks ago, a tournament that included a first-round victory over No. 151-ranked John-Patrick Smith of Australia.
Krueger also had tight three-set losses to No. 97 Sam Groth of Australia and up-and-coming American Frances Tiafoe in the past two months.