ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: A ball kid holds tennis balls during the men's singles grand final between Lloyd Harris of South Africa and Andrey Rublev of Russia on day seven of the 2020 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on January 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Henry Patten claims 1st ITF title in Fayetteville
Henry Patten entered qualifying in Fayetteville. The Brit made it through to the main draw. In the first round Patten drew the sixth seed Liam Draxl. The Canadian was no match for the Brit in the first set. Patten dominated as Draxl struggled to hold serve. The second set was closer, however the seed could not break the serve of the Brit. Patten manged to break the serve of the seed and moved into the second round in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.
The second round saw Patten against Kiranpal Pannu. The Kiwi stayed toe to toe with the Brit in the first round. Eventually Patten managed to get the break of serve and take the lead. The second set saw Pannu try to get back into the match. The Kiwi couldn’t get onto the serve of Patten, who again managed to break and take the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
In the quarter-final Patten was against Bruno Kuzuhara. The American stayed with the Brit in the first set. Kuzuhara was unable to break the Brit serve. However, Patten secured the break of serve required to take the first set. The second set saw the Brit dominate and quickly move into semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
The semi-final pitched Patten against the only other Brit left in the draw Charles Broom. The first set went as expected with Patten breaking to take the lead. The second set was much much closer. Broom stayed with Patten all through and forced a tiebreak. The breaker was close, with neither player wanting to give an inch. Eventually, Patten edged through to take the spot in the final 6-3, 7-6(5).
In the final the Brit was against seventh seed Alfredo Perez. The first set was very close. The American pushed the Brit all the way to a tiebreak. Patten dominated the breaker and took the lead. In the second set Patten broke through the serve of Perez. The American could not get back on serve. Patten claimed his first ITF title 7-6(2), 6-3.
Luke Johnson entered the ITF event in Ithaca, New York. The Brit was the sixth seed. In the first round Johnson was drawn against Aidan Mayo. The seed dominated the first set as Mayo was unable to get a game on the board. The second set saw the American fight back. It looked like a tiebreak would be on the cards, however Mayo managed to secure a break of serve and level the match. The final set saw the seed dominate again to book a spot in the second round 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.
In the second round Johnson was against Connor Farren. The American stayed toe to toe with the Brit and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker Farren dominated to take the set. The second set saw Johnson break serve to level up the match. The final set saw the Brit dominate Farren to book a spot in the next round 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the Brit face Nico Mostardi. The American was no match for the seed who dominated both sets. No matter what Mostardi tried, he was unable to get anything from the match. Johnson strolled into the semi-final in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
In the semi-final the Brit was against the second seed Vasil Kirkov. Johnson was on a mission and dominated both sets. The American was unable to halt the sixth seed and struggled to hold serve. The Brit broke more or less at will to secure a spot in the final 6-1, 6-1.
The final saw the Brit was against the seventh seed Cannon Kinglsey. The American started better and managed to break the serve of Johnson and take the lead. In the second set the Brit managed to re-group and break Kingsley to level up the match. The final set was very close and went to a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brit edged the tiebreak to claim the title 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).
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