Damir Dzumhur continued his fine recent form and marked his first title triumph on grass as he saw off Paolo Lorenzi in the men’s singles final at the Liverpool Hope University Tennis Tournament yesterday.
The right-hander from Bosnia & Herzegovina, a finalist here 12 months ago, won 7-5, 4-6, 10-3 in the men’s showpiece clash at Liverpool Cricket Club.
Italian ace Lorenzi, the world number 48, took an early lead of 4-2 until Dzumhur made a strong comeback, edging the opening set 7-5.
His dominance then continued into the second set.
World number 89 Dzumhur led 2-1 before his opponent hit back to level at 3-3.
The Italian eventually took the stanza 6-4 setting the stage for a championship super tie-break with the first player to 10 points the winner.
Dzumhur took initial charge and did not look back until it was 6-0, when Lorenzi hit back to make it 6-3.
Sadly for him, though, that was as good as it would get as 24-year-old Dzumhur continued to hit the point-claiming strokes to take the tie-break and the title 10-3.
Speaking after picking up the silverware, a delighted Dzumhur, said: “I remember a lot of good matches, a lot of good fun and a lot of positive energy from last year’s tournament.
“That’s what brought me back this year and I’ll be back again next year.”
Lorenzi was added to the Liverpool International Tennis line-up just as the 34-year-old celebrated his highest ATP ranking. The Fiorentina fan broke into the world’s top 50 this month.
Lorenzi has enjoyed his best years on the circuit since turning 30.
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He reached his first ATP World Tour final at the age of 32, at the 2014 Brasil Open, but is still trying to get past the first round at Wimbledon.
In 2014 he had the misfortune to face Swiss legend and 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer in the first round, but he hopes that three days on intensive grass preparation on Merseyside can help him break his duck at SW19.
The ATP stars were joined yesterday on Centre Court by women’s finalists, world number 73, Wang Qiang from China and Norwegian teenager Melanie Stokke currently ranked 418 by the International Tennis Federation.
In the end, it was the higher-ranked Wang who won the title defeating her opponent over three superb sets 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.