Eighth seed dropped only one set to make the final
HERAKLION, GREECE – Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event and was the eighth seed, the Brit only dropped one set en route to the final.
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Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event in Heraklion, Greece and was seeded eighth. In the first round the young Brit faced Stamatios Kapiris. The Greek struggled against McHugh and was unable to get anything on the Brit serve. McHugh broke more or less at will in both sets and progressed to the next round in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The second round pitted the Brit against Artur Shakhnubaryan. The Russian was totally dominated by McHugh, who was on a roll from the first round. Although Shakhnubrayan managed one more game against the Brit than Kapiris had done, the eighth seed was unstoppable, once again claiming the match in straight sets and moving into the next round 6-2, 6-1.
In the quarter-final McHugh was drawn against Loic Ratsaratany. The Frenchman was unable to stop the Brit from breaking in the first set to take the lead. However, Ratsaratany did manage to break the serve of McHugh in the second set and levelled up the match. The final set was again dominated by the Brit who re-grouped to seal the victory and a place in the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the Brit against the top seed Emil Ruusuvuori. The Fin was the favourite for the win but McHugh had other ideas. Both sets were very close, however it the was the eighth seed that broke in both sets. Ruusuvuori was unable to break back and the Brit was through to the final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
In the final McHugh was against the seventh seed Michail Pervolarakis. The Greek had the crowd behind him and totally dominated the Brit in the first set. McHugh only managed one game in the set. Fighting hard in the second set the Brit kept it close. Unfortunately one break was all that Pervolarakis needed to lift the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
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