George Loffhagen made first senior level ITF final
The Brit dropped only one set en route.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – George Loffhagen came through qualifying and made the final of the ITF Futures event, his first senior level final.
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George Loffhagen progressed easily through the qualifying rounds in Kampala, being barely troubled in either of the two matches played to make the main draw. The 17 year old Brit was against Ansu Bhuyan in the first round of the main draw. The Indian was unable to trouble the Brit and Loffhagen eased through into the second round 6-2, 6-3.
In the second round the Brit was against the fifth seed Aaron Cortes Alcaraz. The Spaniard managed to stay with the young Brit until Loffhagen managed to secure the break of serve in the first set and take the first set. Cortes Alcaraz had nothing in the second set to damage the Brit and Loffhagen moved into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against the second seed Fabrizio Ornago and this proved to be the toughest match to date. Loffhagen secured the early break in the first set and went on to seal the set. The Italian hit back in the second set, however, and managed to get breaks on the serve of the Brit. Ornago claimed the second set, so it would be a one set shoot out. The Brit re-grouped and once again secured a break of serve to lead the seed. The Italian was unable to recover and Loffhagen moved to the semi final 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
In the semi-final Loffhagen was against the fourth seed Goran Marković. The Serbian stayed with the Brit in the first set, until the qualifier managed to break the serve and hold on for the set. In the second set it was pretty much the same story, with Marković trying to find a way through, but the Brit holding on 6-4, 6-4.
The final saw Loffhagen up against the top seed Ivan Nedelko. The Russian managed to break the Brit in the first set to take the lead, with Loffhagen unable to break back. It was very similar in the second set, with the Brit fighting hard to try and get back level, ultimately it was the top seed who claimed the title 6-4, 6-4.
However, this has been a very good week for the young Brit who will look to move on from here.
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