Last night I won my 3rd consecutive US Open Singles title! I am very excited about how I have been playing all week, and I must apologize for the lack of posts about it. It was a tough tournament though, as I had to play World #3 Steve Virgona in the semi-finals and then World Champion Rob Fahey in the Finals.
In the semi-finals Steve and I had a great match, but I felt very comfortable and in control on court. The first set I did my best to come out quickly, trying to gain the early edge. This worked as I grabbed the first set quickly 6/0! The second set became a battle, as Steve started to find his rhythm, but I managed to stay ahead and control the service end, taking the set 6/3. The third set saw more of the same, Steve made a final push to get back into the match, but I won the big points when I needed to, and took the set 6/3 for a final score of 6/0 6/3 6/3.
The finals was a rematch of the World Champs, and I wanted revenge! I came out of the blocks fast again, hitting my openings and controlling play from the service end. Rob was struggling to find his groove, and I did my best to take advantage of it. The first set was a quick one, going my way 6/0. The second set saw more of the same, Rob was starting to find some openings, but I maintained control taking the set 6/1. The third set was a tough one. I grabbed a 3/1 lead, but then momentum swung completely the other way into Rob’s favor. This is something that can only happen in court tennis, and is tough to explain. One point can completely change the momentum of a match! Before I could regain control Rob had fought back to a 5/4 lead, and I couldn’t hold him off from grabbing the set 6/4. The fourth set started, and I knew I needed to get the momentum back my way. This was difficult though, as Rob had stepped up his game dramatically from the first two sets, and I could tell he was gaining confidence with every point. We exchanged games to 3/3, at which point I regained control of the match. Yet again, with one point I felt completely in control again, and from that point went on to take the set 6/3 and that was the match 6/0 6/1 4/6 6/3.
A huge thank you to the Boston Tennis and Racquet Club for hosting a great tournament, and a special thank you to Head Professional Tony Hollins for allowing me to invade his house for the week. The club is like a second-home to me, and I can’t thank the members enough for the support over the week.
Tonight is the doubles final, where Tim Chisholm and I take on Steve Virgona and Kieran Booth. The match starts at 7pm and will be a high paced battle. If you would like to watch just click on the stream below, or go to www.uscourttennis.org