Rising American star Jenson Brooksby insists he will try to approach the Newport final the same way he approaches every other match. Brooksby, 20, beat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-3 7-6 (3) to reach his maiden ATP final in Newport.
When the week started, Brooksby said he was determined to show he can play good tennis on the ATP Tour. “I’m very excited to be in the final tomorrow and in such a great place, but I’m just going to try to treat it like it’s every other match and go out there with the same strategy,” Brooksby said, per the ATP website.
“I’m just excited to get out here tomorrow”.
Brooksby escaped with a straight-set win
Brooksby failed to convert a break point in the second game but also saved a break point in the third game. In the fourth game, Brooksby claimed the first break of the match to take a 3-1 lead.
Brooksby failed to convert a break point in the sixth game but served out for the opener in the ninth game. Thompson earned his first break of the match in the sixth game of the second set but failed to serve out for a decider in the ninth game.
Thompson saved a break point in the 11th game but then failed to convert any of his two set points in the following game. In the tie-break, the two players were tied at three points apiece before Brooksby won four points in a row to book a straight-set win.
Brooskby's opponent in the final will be Kevin Anderson, who beat No. 1 seed Alexander Bublik. “It’s the biggest match of the week, and I’ve worked a long time to be back in a final,” Anderson said.
“It’s been quite some time for me [since my last final], so it means a lot. I am going to enjoy this win, and I hope to be ready for tomorrow”.