Photo: Rowland Charles GoodmanLiam Broady (GBR)
Britain’s Liam Broady capped a successful summer by taking the title at Canada F8 last week and moving to a new career high singles ranking in the process.
Broady had already picked up one title earlier in the year at Great Britain F9 in April and during seven tournaments in the USA starting at the end of June had finished runner-up on two occasions and reached the semifinals at a further two events while also going on an incredible run to pick up four straight doubles titles alongside fellow Brit Luke Bambridge.
Having crossed the border into Canada for a tournament in Calgary, Broady was dispatched in the first round against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski before moving onto Winnipeg where he entered the event as the fourth seed.
Daniel Nguyen provided a stiff test in the opening round and following a break apiece, the first set went to a tiebreak in which Broady recovered from a 3-1 deficit to take six of the next seven points and didn’t let the advantage slide as he accelerated to a 76(4) 61 victory.
Routine straight-sets victories followed against local wild card Kevin Kylar and American eighth seed Mitchell Krueger before a semifinal against top seed Jordan Thompson.
The 20-year-old broke in the opening game and then once more to extend to a 4-1 lead only to have Thompson immediately recover one of the breaks of serve. Broady then missed out on the opportunity to serve out the opening set with the score at 5-4.
The disappointment was quickly brushed aside as the Brit took the next two games as he broke Thompson for a third time and then held his nerve to take his first set point.
The second set followed a similar pattern as Broady took a 5-1 lead only to once again see it eroded away and find himself back all-square before breaking Thompson to love and sealing victory with an ace in just over two hours, 75 75.
The final was a much more straightforward affair as Broady dominated to win 38 of 47 points behind his own serve while breaking opponent Blake Mott twice in the opening set and once in the second to earn the title 63 64 in one hour and 32 minutes.
With the run of results in North America Broady has now moved up to world No.341 having started the year outside the Top 500.