6:27 PM 6th September 2013
Broady And Carter Set For Sheffield Final
In one of the most interesting and shock filled tournaments in recent weeks, two unseeded youngsters, Liam Broady and Robert Carter, will face each other in the final of the ITF Futures event in Sheffield tomorrow.
Over the past two days, the quarter- and semi-finals have been played, with seeds falling left, right and centre and eventually vanishing completely.
Yesterday's quarter-finals saw two more fall by the wayside: Number one seed Dan Cox ousted sixth seed James Marsalek in two fairly straightforward sets, while second seed Ed Corrie was beaten by Richard Bloomfield, despite Bloomers having lost the first set on a tiebreak.
The other two results saw tomorrow's finalists win in straight sets. Robert Carter continued his incredible run by defeating Yorkshire's own George Coupland, while former Australian Open Boys' Doubles Champion Broady beat Myles Orton to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with top seed Cox.
Going into today's clash, Cox and Broady had only played each other once before, with Cox winning a topsy-turvy match on Clay in Edinburgh back in 2010. However, any demons that Broady had from that defeat were quickly and comprehensively banished, as he raced to the first set 6-2. Cox's serve was again cause for concern, Broady converting five out of a total 13 break point opportunities throughout the match, and this time Cox's return game was not up to the same level as the player three years his junior.
With this result, Broady will overcome his career best ranking high and will enter the British Top 25. At just 19 years of age, he still has a bright future ahead, and will want to prove so in tomorrow's final.
In the other semi, surprise package Robert Carter, ranked a lowly 1188th in the world, beat 30-year-old veteran Richard Bloomfield, whose age is beginning to catch up with him. Carter won a closely fought first set 6-4, but Bloomers picked up a leg knock and was unable to remain competitive, conceding the second set all too easily 6-0.
Both Carter and Broady are in their first ever Futures final, and with 18 ranking points on offer for the winner, both will be itching to claim their first ever ITF title.
Daniel COX  bt. James MARSALEK 6-3 6-4
Liam BROADY bt. Myles ORTON 7-6(5) 6-2
Robert CARTER bt. George COUPLAND 7-6(4) 6-3
Richard BLOOMFIELD bt. Edward CORRIE  6-7(4) 6-4 6-0
Liam BROADY bt. Daniel COX  6-2 6-2
Robert CARTER bt. Richard BLOOMFIELD 6-4 6-0