The Curious Case of Benjamin Bonzi

James P

G.O.A.T.
Bonzi has been a superstar on the Challenger Tour this season, winning 5 titles, one less than the all-time record, and has now amassed 675 ATP points from the Challenger Tour alone. He currently sits at #50 in the ATP race with 779 ATP points. That means he's at #50 in the ATP race with 86.6% of his points being derived from the Challenger Tour. That's something else. He's currently in the SFs of Rennes, an opportunity to tie the record this weekend.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
All seriousness, he's only played 14 ATP Tour level matches, won only 5, but...

He's 1-0 against Daniil Medvedev lmao
Not surprising when it’s on Clay Med is a mug on Clay. His game is the complete opposite of what is needed to be decent on the red stuff.
The reason Med has improved on Clay is due too him just being so good that he still gets wins even though he is handicapped
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Meddle quit down 2-1 sets and a break in the fourth at RG’17 but exacted revenge later on that year indoors at Brest, winning a 3rd set TB.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Bonzi did make the final in Rennes today, he'll be facing Mats Moraing tomorrow. Currently live ranked at #65, a win will jump him to #61 or #62.

That said, I'm really confused by his upcoming schedule. He's not playing anything next week, but there's a home-turf ATP 250 in Metz that he could have made his way into either with qualifying or a wild card. His next two tournaments on his schedule are two more ATP Challenger Tour tournaments, at Orleans and Mouilleron-le-Captif, both fine tournaments, but he could go qually into Indian Wells. At the rate he's going, he may main draw into Paris lmao...no word if he'll forego it for a spot at some random Challenger tournament somewhere in Europe.
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
The only win he's had against a top 100 player this year was in February when Lucas Pouille was ranked #79 (currently #133).
I know Stringertom likes to bash on Ruud, but Bonzi is def racking up easy points on the Challenger circuit, boosting him to a ranking above his pay grade.
Ruud has beaten a fair amount of top 10 players on his way to the #10 ranking.


And regarding the "who-has-won-R1-at-wimbledon"-card: Ruud faced an-in-form-grass-court specialist in Thompson (then #78), whilst Bonzi faced Trungelliti (then #205).
Ruud reached the QFs against Med on grass the week before, beating both Simon (93) and Sandgren (68).

Based on that, I would def say Bonzi can be characterized as the Ruud of the Challenger circuit, and if anyone (else that Stringytom) is to be offended, it should be Ruud ;-)
 
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