11:17 PM 7th September 2013
Broady Storms To Sheffield Title
Liam Broady won his first ever senior title today in Sheffield
It was a case of being handed the title rather than having to win it this afternoon for 19 year old Liam Broady, who, aided by the wind and several unforced errors from his opponent Robert Carter, sailed to his first ever Senior Tour title with a brisk 6-2 6-1 victory in the Sheffield Futures Final this afternoon.
Both players were playing in their first ever ITF Futures final, but it was perhaps Broady's experience as a Junior Doubles Grand Slam Champion that perhaps saw him hold his nerve to clinch the title and, arguably most importantly, some big ranking points that see him rise into the British Top 25 and possibly close to the Top 500 in the world once the points are added on at the end of next week.
Following a high quality first point, the game was played at a rather laboured pace and was far from a classic final; many of Broady's first served seemed to have the mere pace of second serves, while Carter spewed unforced error after unforced error long, wide or into the net.
Perhaps the match was hampered somewhat by the blustery conditions on the hard courts in Sheffield, but while Broady was able to cope under the tricky conditions, Robert Carter, ranked almost 400 places below his also unseeded opponent, succumbed either to the elements or to his own nerves. As such, Broady did not drop a single service game in the entire match, saving 5 break point opportunities and taking almost half of his own.
In the end it was a routine victory for Broady, who will be delighted at his maiden ITF Futures title. In a week where shocks were rife, is it time now for the likes of Broady to kick on and make a real impact not just in the UK? Only time will tell.
Liam BROADY bt. Robert CARTER 6-2 6-1