TRIMBACH, SWITZERLAND – Alastair Gray entered the ITF event and was the fourth seed. The Brit made the final defeating the top seed along the way.
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Alastair Gray entered the ITF event in Trimbach and was the fourth seed. In the first round the Brit was against Raphael Calzi. The Luxembourger pushed Gray all the way in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Calzi stayed close to Gray at the start of the breaker, but eventually the Brit got the break and took the set. This seemed to break the Luxembourger, as the Brit dominated the second set. Gray moved into the next round in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-1.
The second round saw the Brit against Ukranian Georgii Kravchenko. The fourth seed dominated the first set, losing only one game. The Ukranian regrouped in the second set and broke Gray to level up the match. In the final set Gray dominated again and moved into the quarter-final 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against the sixth seed Dan Added. The Frenchman dominated the first set, breaking Gray to take the lead. The fourth seed regrouped and dominated the second set to level up the match. The final set was very close. Both players fought hard and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brit edged ahead and took the match 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5).
The semi-final saw the Brit against the top seed Daniel Masur. The German broke Gray in the first set and took the lead. The fourth seed fought back in the second set and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker Gray dominated and levelled up the match. The final set saw Gray break the serve of the top seed to move into the final 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
In the final the Brit was against Swiss Leandro Riedi. The Swiss dominated the match from start to finish. Gray tried to get back on terms, but was unable to get into the match. Riedi took the title 6-2, 6-2.
Billy Harris entered the ITF event in Antalya, Turkey and was the eighth seed. In the first round the Brit was against Mert Ramadan. The Brit managed to break the serve of the Bulgarian in the first set and take the lead. The second set was much the same, as Ramadan was unable to break the serve of the Brit and Harris moved into the next round 6-4, 6-3.
The second round saw the Brit against Savva Polukhin. The unseeded player dominated the first set, as the Brit struggled on serve. However, Harris regrouped in the second set, fighting hard and forced a tiebreak. Harris dominated the breaker and levelled up the match. The final set looked to be heading to a tiebreak as well, but the Brit broke Polukhin just at the end of the set to move into the next round 1-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against Nerman Fatic. Harris and Fatic stayed toe to toe, but eventually the Brit managed to get the break of serve against Fatic and take the lead. Fatic then retired after the first set, handing Harris the match 6-4(RET).
The semi-final pitched Harris against Vlacheslav Bielinskyi. The eighth seed managed to get the break of serve against the Ukranian and took the lead. Bielinskyi fought back in the second set, breaking the Brit serve and levelled up the match. The final set saw Harris dominate and took the spot in the final 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
In the final the Brit was against the seventh seed Oleksii Krutykh. The Ukranian broke serve in the first set and took the lead. In the second set Harris managed to break the serve of Krutykh and level up the match. Unfortunately, the Ukranian dominated the set and took the title 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
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