DECATUR, ILLINOIS, USA – Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event and made the final. The Brit defeated the sixth seed en route.
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Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event in Decatur, Illinois. The Brit was unseeded. In the first round McHugh drew Australian qualifier Dane Sweeny. The Brit could have been surprised by Sweeny as qualifiers have played previously to land in the main draw. However, McHugh managed to break serve in the first set and move into the lead. The second set was much the same, no matter what Sweeny threw at the Brit, McHugh was able to respond and moved into the second round in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
In the second round the Brit was against sixth seed Petros Chrysochos. The Cypriot got the jump on McHugh in the first set. The seed broke the Brit serve to take the lead. The second set saw the pair go toe to toe and a tiebreak ensued. McHugh managed to edge ahead and seal the set to draw the match level. The final set was one way traffic, as the Brit dominated to book a spot in the next round 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against American Wild Card Cannon Kingsley. McHugh took the game to Kingsley. The Brit broke in the first set to take the lead. The second set was much the same, as McHugh continued the form of the first set. No matter what he tried Kingsley just could not break back. The Brit moved into the semi-final 6-3,6-3.
In the semi-final McHugh was against fellow Brit Paul Jubb. The first set saw McHugh battle with Jubb and eventually break serve to take the lead. Jubb regrouped in the second and broke McHugh to level up the match. In the final set, the score was even, when unfortunately, Jubb had to retire and hand the spot in the final to McHugh 6-4, 4-6, 1-1 (RET).
The final saw McHugh against American qualifier Eliot Spizzirri. The first set was dominated by the American who broke frequently, leaving the Brit struggling to get back on terms. The second set was much much closer, Spizzirri and McHugh were toe to toe, but ultimately, it was the American who made the breakthrough right at the end to lift the trophy 6-2, 7-5.
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