Floridian lefty Jesse Levine won the fourth Challenger singles title of his career Saturday night to continue his march back to the top 100 in the ATP Tour rankings.
The unseeded Levine completed his sweep through the $100,000 yp Challenger of Dallas field with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over second-seeded Steve Darcis in the singles final at T Bar M Racquet Club.
Levine, once placed as high as No. 94 in the world but ranked No. 160 at the start of the week, pockets $14,400 with the victory and 100 points that should help him rise at least 30 spots in Monday's edition of the rankings.
Darcis, ranked No. 82, earned $8,480 as the losing finalist.
The match turned at 3-4 in the first set, when Levine saved two break points to hold serve. He immediately broke Darcis in the next game to seize control and broke the Belgian again in the seventh game of the second set.
In a thrilling doubles final that preceded Levine's triumph, American teenager Jack Sock and partner Nick Monroe fell just short in a bid for their first title together, suffering a 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, 19-17 defeat to the British duo of Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot.
Sock and Monroe have made the doubles final in four of their five tournaments together but remain without a title after Eaton and Inglot recovered from a 5-0 blown lead in the first-set tiebreaker to even the match and survive a high-level, see-saw match tiebreaker.
Sock and Monroe, seeded fourth, managed to save eight match points in the wild decisive tiebreaker before Eaton and Inglot converted the ninth for the title.