30 Oct 2012

Unseeded duo upset seeds to claim maiden title


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By  Nick Fishpool

Mitchell Krueger and Bjorn Fratangelo (both USA)

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, USA: It was only fitting that in the week leading up to Halloween that a familiar name from the world of horror movies should put the frighteners on players during the week in Alabama.

In the doubles event the unseeded Krueger, that's Mitchell not Freddy, with his fellow American partner Bjorn Fratangelo ensured all who faced them suffered a 'Nightmare on Highland Avenue'.

The American duo finished off their upset streak at the Highland Park Tennis Center by taking out the number one seeded doubles team of Chase Buchanan and Vahid Mirzadeh (both United States) 62 63 in the doubles final.

The unseeded pair having defeated the top three seeded teams over the course of the week, all without loss of a set, took home a fully deserved title in only their second ITF Pro Circuit appearance together.

In singles play Britain's Kyle Edmund at 17-years 288-days defeated the number three seed from America, Chase Buchanan, to win his first Futures level singles tournament title and in doing so became the third youngest British male to win an ITF Pro Circuit singles title behind Andy Murray (a winner in 2003 aged 16-years 130-days) and Alex Bogdanovic (a winner aged 17-years 258-days 2002).

In a gruelling three-set match, Edmund won the first in a tiebreaker 76(2), but then struggled in the second, eventually losing it 62. Edmund, however, was able to regain control in the third set to seal victory with a 64 win and inflict a third defeat in four 2012 singles finals on his opponent.



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  • Mitchell Krueger and Bjorn Fratangelo (both USA)Kyle Edmund (Great Britain)

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