NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Luke Johnson of Great Britain hits a forehand during day 1 of the Nottingham Trophy at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 13, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Luke Johnson runner up in ITF Forbach
FORBACH, FRANCE – Luke Johnson was seventh seed and made the final without dropping a set. Only the third seed was able to stop the Brit claiming the title.
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Luke Johnson entered the ITF event in France and was the seventh seed. In the first round the Brit drew German Oscar Moraing. Johnson and Moraing went toe to toe at the start of the match. However, the Brit secured the break of serve needed in the first set to move ahead. The second set was dominated by the Brit. Johnson upped his game and broke freely to move into the next round 6-3, 6-2.
In the second round Johnson was against Frenchman Maxence Beauge. The unseeded Frenchman stayed with Johnson in the early stages, however the Brit secured the vital break of serve to move into the lead. In the second set the Brit dominated. Beauge was unable to get a game on the board and the Brit moved through in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.
The quarter-final saw Johnson against another Frenchman, this time Boris Fassbender. The Wildcard proved a worthy opponent. Fassbender stayed with the Brit early in the first set. However, Johnson secured the break of serve to take the lead. Fassbender fought hard in the second set and stayed toe to toe. The Brit finally made the break of serve required to move into the semi-final 6-3, 7-5.
In the semi-final Johnson was against the sixth seed Belgian Arnaud Bovy. The first set was very tight with neither player giving an inch. Eventually a tiebreak ensued. Johnson eased through the breaker and took the lead. This broke the spirit of Bovy, who although higher ranked, struggled. Johnson broke more or less at will and moved into the final 6-3, 6-1.
The final saw Johnson against third seed Dan Added. The Frenchman took time to get a handle on the game of the Brit but managed to secure a break of serve in the first set. The second set was very to and fro but Johnson held on to force a tiebreak. Unfortunately, in the breaker the Frenchman dominated to lift the title in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(2).
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