Britain's Liam Broady returns against Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles first round match on the first day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Liam Broady & Aidan McHugh make finals
Liam Broady has found himself at home in Biella. The Brit entered the third Challenger event of the season at Biella in Italy. In the first round the Brit was against Julian Lenz. The German had made the main draw courtesy of a lucky loser spot. Lenz stayed with Broady in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. However, the dominated the breaker losing only one point. The second set saw Broady break the German serve to move into the next round 7-6(1), 6-4.
The second round opponent for Broady was Italian Luca Nardi. The Brit continued from where he left off in the last round. The Italian was unable to stop Broady from breaking serve and moving ahead. The second set was much the same as Broady once again broke serve and moved into the next round 6-3, 6-4.
In the quarter-final Broady was drawn against sixth seed Jurij Rodionov. Although seeded the Austrian was unable to stop the Brit obtaining the break of serve in both sets. Broady continued with the form of the last round and booked a spot in the semi-final 6-4, 6-3.
The semi-final saw the Brit against Illya Marchenko. Broady managed to secure a break of serve on the Ukrainian and take the lead. Marchenko fought hard in the second set, and stopped any advantage the Brit had forcing a tiebreak. However, Broady would not be denied and dominated the breaker to book a spot in the final in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(2).
In the final the Brit was up against the second seed Andreas Seppi. The Italian was always going to be a tough opponent, and so it proved. Seppi dominated Broady in both sets, no matter what the Brit tried he could do nothing with the game of the Italian. Seppi claimed the title in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
Aidan McHugh makes Brit of the Week for a second week in a row. The Brit had entered the ITF event and was the third seed. In the first round McHugh was up against Indian Aryan Goveas. The Brit totally dominated the match as Goveas struggled to hold serve. McHugh took the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
The second round saw the Brit against another Indian Paras Dahiya. The first set was a little tougher as the qualifier stayed with McHugh, however, eventually the third seed broke serve to take the lead. This seemed to break the spirit of Dahiya as the Brit dominated the second set and moved into the next round 6-4, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the third seed was up against the eighth seed Luca Castelnuovo. The Swiss was no match for McHugh who broke serve seemingly at will. The Brit had little trouble with the Swiss taking the match to Castelnuovo. McHugh moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the third seed against Italian Marco Brugnerotto. The Brit broke serve early in the first set and held on to take the lead. However, Brugnerotto regrouped and managed to get a break of serve on the Brit. The third seed was unable to break back, the Italian held on to level up the match. In the final set, both McHugh and the Italian stayed toe to toe, until very near the end when McHugh secured the break of serve to move into the final 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
In the final McHugh took on the American Zane Khan. This was a tightly contested match, with neither player giving an inch. The Brit took the first set by edging the tiebreak. Khan managed to level the match by taking the second set to a tiebreak and edging through. The final set saw both players fighting hard, eventually another tiebreak and the American took the advantage and won the title 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 7-6(4).
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