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Milton to meet Corrie in Irish Open
25 Jul 2014 21:09
Wales’ Josh Milton inflicted a 6-2 6-4 defeat on Sam Barry in the FBD Irish Open as the top seed fell at the semi-finals stage for a second consecutive year at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.
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The Irish number one was nervy throughout, in a performance blighted by a succession of unforced errors.
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Barry made the worst possible start to the match, losing his opening service game with a loose volley on break point.
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The Limerick man was broken again in his next service game when he made a backhand error to further bolster the prospects of the world number 484.
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There was an air of desperation about Barry’s play, characterised by poor shoot selection. On the other side of the set, Milton fired down a succession of huge serves and some terrific forehand winners.
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The 24-year-old broke the Barry serve in the third game of the second set when his opponent made yet another unforced error, this time off the forehand wing.
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The home hope altered his tactics, and a serve-volley strategy yielded some success in the latter stages of the contest, but Milton wasn’t to be denied a berth in the final.
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England’s Ed Corrie will play Milton in an all-British final after recording a masterful 6-2, 6-1 win over Yannick Jankovits.
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Corrie’s strong serve, assured net play and cultured backhand had the Frenchman struggling to attain a foothold in the contest from the outset. Jankovits was also forced into numerous errors by a relentlessly aggressive foe who took full advantage of the lightning fast courts in Dublin 6.
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The doubles final saw top seeds Freddie Nielsen and Corrie defeat the Irish pair of David O’Hare and Peter Bothwell 6-2, 7-5.
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The singles final begins at 2.30 on Saturday, free admission.
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