Liam Broady turned in a superb display to win the Aegon Pro-Series title against fellow British player Rob Carter on Saturday.
Former junior Wimbledon and US Open finalist Broady proved too strong on a cold, windy day on the outdoor courts at Graves Tennis Centre, Sheffield, to pick up his first Futures singles title in straight sets (6-2 6-1).
The 19-year-old from Stockport has long been touted as one of British tennis’ brightest prospects but injuries have hampered his progress this season.
However, over the last couple of months he has returned to full fitness and Carter had no answer for his power from the baseline.
The two are good friends and the match was played in an excellent spirit, much to the credit of both players.
Broady said he was delighted with his maiden victory: “I’ve had a few Futures doubles titles. I’ve always said that doubles titles come before singles so this has been a long time waiting!
“I’m very glad. It’s been my first final and first win this week so I feel good and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and capitalising on it.
“Maybe Rob didn’t play too well but I think I was the more solid player on the day so even when I was break points down I wasn’t particularly panicking.
“I had a tough start to the year - I was injured from the US Open juniors from last year for eight or nine months - so that was tough.
“I think I’ve picked it up for the last couple of months. It takes a while for all the hard work to show on the court.”
Carter, aged 20, was disappointed to lose but pleased to have progressed into his first final: “He played really well. I was bit upset that I didn’t play my best but he never let me get into the match.
“I’m pleased to get to the final and I wish him all the best. It has given me a lot of confidence that I can do it week in, week out.
“I just have to keep working hard and hopefully keep improving.”
The pair now move onto the next Pro-Series event at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton next week hoping to pick up more ranking points.
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