Britain’s Daniel Cox won The FBD Irish Open today at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, when he beat top seed Albano Olivetti of France, winning 6-3, 6-3.
Cox, who was the tournament's second seed, made very few errors throughout the match, while his cross-court backhand was particular dangerous, winning numerous points for the British player.
Olivetti adopted the serve-and-volley tactic and this suited Cox perfectly as returning is the strongest part of his game.
Olivetti’s serve, which has been clocked at 149mph, was the Frenchman’s only weapon on a very disappointing day for the top seed.
The Frenchman made several unforced errors during the contest, and once Cox managed to return his serve, he went on to win the majority of the points.
Cox, who won the tournament in 2010, broke Olivetti’s serve in the fifth game of the first set with some great returns along with two unforced errors from the top seed. Cox, who beat Ireland’s John Morrissey in the first round, broke Olivetti for a second time to win the opening set 6-3.
Cox continued to win his service games comfortably, and broke the Frenchman’s serve in the fourth game of the second set when Olivetti missed yet another volley.
The British player never looked in danger on his serve and went on win the set 6-3 to win the title for a second time.