Benjamin Lock wins ITF tennis tourney in SA

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By Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S leading tennis player Benjamin Lock capped off a memorable season on tour after winning the International Tennis Federation (ITF)/ Digicall Futures tennis tournament at Maties Tennis Clu in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Sunday.

The top seed faced a tough task as he battled against South African Davis Cup star Ruan Roelofse, who had the backing of the home crowd in what was expected to be a very entertaining all-African final.

In the end, the gangly Zimbabwean dug deep to rally from a set down and win the match 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 after two hours and 35 minutes.

It is Lock’s second ITF Futures singles title of 2018 following his triumph in Harare back in June and fifth overall.

According ro reports from South Africa, there was a good crowd on the final day with Roelofse being the main draw card for the local fans.

He gave his all and had the crowd on their feet a few times, but in the end it was third time’s a charm for Lock who struggled in the first two tournaments.

“It is great to end the year with a win. In general, it was a good year for me. I was in good form coming to Stellenbosch, but it just did not work out for me in the first two tournaments. I love playing in Stellenbosch,” commented Lock.

On his way to tbe final Lock (25) put on another solid performance to knock out Polish player Michal Dembek after a 1-6, 7-6 and 6-4 in the semifinals to set up a date against South African Davis Cup doubles specialist in the final.