Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
French-Nigerian Calvin Hemery over the weekend, was crowned the champion of the ITF Futures 2 GSL Open, after he blew away Guatemalan Christopher Diaz-Figueroa 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-1 in the final.
Both players failed to engineer a break in the first set, with just one break point coming to the Central American in the eighth game when he was 40- 30 up. The ensuing tie-break decider saw the un-seeded world No 755 Guatemalan race to a 5-0 lead, putting pressure on Hemery to make a number of unforced errors, before sealing the set 7-2.
The second set dragged till 4-4, with both players not blinking on their serves but it was the 22-year-old world No 279, who got a breakthrough, as he broke to love to lead 5-4. He then served out the set, albeit Diaz-Figueroa returned his grounded shot with full force, causing it to go inches-wide off the baseline.
The earlier meeting between the pair had gone to the rubber, with Hemery edging a close contest 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 at the second round of the Dayak Championship. However, Hemery was to be third-time lucky, having lost the final of the 2016 Lagos Governor’s Cup Nigeria F6 Futures, by surging to a 6-1 final set win.
The GSL Open is the last of the three ITF Pro Circuit tournaments in Abuja which began with the Tombim Abuja Open on May 1st.
The Lagos Governor’s Cup (Nigeria Futures 4 and 5) would be the next programme in Nigeria on the ITF calendar for the year and would serve-off in October.
Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal,
Ag Sports Editor,
LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group
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