TOP seed Benjamin Lock completed the ‘best week’ of his career by beating compatriot Takanyi Garanganga in the Zimbabwe F1 Futures tournament at Harare Sports Club yesterday. The 25-year-old partnered his young brother Courtney in winning the doubles title on Friday and he maintained his form to dismiss second seed Garanganga 7-6( 7) 6-2 in the singles final.
“Obviously, this is the best week I’ve ever had in my career so far. I have won the singles and the doubles; I have never done that before ,” Lock said.
“For doubles, it was a great week with my brother, so special to win with him, especially his first tournament out of university and on the tour. The opening set, despite some questionab le line calls between the two Zimbabwe’s Davis Cup players, was tightly contested and unsurprisingly went to the tie-break. After going with serve, it was Garanganga who broke serve first in game five after a Lock double fault.
Garanganga served to lead 4-2, but Lock responded strongly to win game seven where he forced deuce and was quick on break point ironically after a Garanganga double fault.
Lock served to win the next game, restoring parity at 4-4 and the match went with serve till the tie-breaks where Lock triumphed 9-7.
The second set started with drama when Garanganga was warned for racket abuse and court violation after smashing his racquet following a failed return. Lock broke serve to lead 3-1 and kept composure to see out the set and match 6-2 for a fourth Futures title.
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