PARMA, ITALY – Liam Broady made the final of the ATP Challenger event. The Brit defeated the eighth seed en route, only being stopped by the seventh seed.
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Liam Broady entered the ATP Challenger event in Parma and was unseeded. The Brit faced Peđa Krstin in the first round. Krstin made the draw as an alternate. Broady fought hard in the first set and secured the break of serve needed to move ahead. In the second set, the Brit dominated after working out the game of Serbian. Broady moved into the second round 6-4, 6-2.
The second round saw Broady against Blaž Kavčič. The Slovak was unable to handle the Brit in the first set, as Broady broke more or less at will to take the lead. The second set was tighter as the Slovak stayed toe to toe with the Brit and managed to break serve to level up the match. In the final set, Broady once again secured a break of serve and took the match 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.
In the quarter-final Broady was against the eighth seed Maxime Cressy. The American stayed with the Brit in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brit was on top form and secured the breaker easily. The second set saw Cressy break Broady and level up the match. The final set was very much like the first set, with the players going to a tiebreak. Once again the Brit dominated to move into the semi-final 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(2).
The semi-final saw Broady against Andrea Arnaboldi who had made it into the first round as a lucky loser and continued the form to face off against the Brit. The Italian got the jump on Broady and broke serve to take an early lead. However, Broady re-grouped to secure a break of serve in the remaining sets, to get into the final after a tough battle 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the final Broady was against the seventh seed Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. The German got the better of the Brit, securing a break in each set. Despite the best efforts of Broady, he was unable to get back on terms. Stebe took the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
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