Wales’ Joshua Milton claimed victory in the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club after defeating Edward Corrie 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a terrific final on Saturday.
Corrie, who has been involved with the British Davis Cup team in the past, looked on course for victory when he led by a set and 5-3 having been in control of the match.
Milton, however, struck back to win ten of the last 12 games to claim the title.
The vanquished showed great variety in his game in the opening set as he mixed excellent baseline play along with aggressive volleys at the net.
The second seed broke Milton’s serve in the seventh game after three errors from the Welsh player. This break of serve was all that separated the players in the first set which Corrie won 6-4.
The Englishman, who played in the Wimbledon qualifiers this year in singles and in the main draw in doubles, broke Milton’s serve again in the seventh game of the second set and looked on course for victory with a 5-3 lead.
Suddenly, Milton came to life and he played some extraordinary tennis, winning 14 of the next 18 points to take the second set 7-5.
This run of points included four straight winners when Corrie was serving for the match
The winner, who beat Ireland’s Sam Barry, in the semi-final, saved two break points early in the third set with great serves and these proved to be Corrie’s last chance.
The Welsh number One proceeded to win the next four games in a row finishing with a backhand winner on match point which was entirely appropriate give the quality of his groundstrokes throughout the contest.