James Duckworth reached his fifth ATP Challenger Final of 2019 after taking out Tatsuma Ito at the City of Playford International II with the Japanese retiring midway from the match. Duckworth won the first set 7-5 and led 2-0 in the Second Set when Ito was forced to pull out of the match due to a shoulder concern.
“It was a tough match,” Duckworth, said. “The first four games lasted about half an hour and ended in four breaks which is pretty uncommon. We were both returning quite well”. “It was unfortunate for Tatsuma in the end, but funnily enough we played here in a semifinal in 2014 and I ended up retiring due to a shoulder as well.
These things happen, but I thought I was playing some good tennis and I’m happy to be in the final”. Duckworth has played very well at this event and is yet to drop a set in Playford. “The conditions have been tricky so I’ve had to adjust each day,” he said.
“I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that and now I’m just looking forward to tomorrow”. Gunning to win his third ATP Challenger this year, Duckworth is looking forward to facing top seed Yasutaka Uchiyama.
“I‘m really pushing hard these few weeks to get my ranking as high as I can. Hopefully I can keep progressing,” he said. “He’s recently entered the top 100, so he’s in good form,” Duckworth said of Uchiyama.
“There’s going to be a few chances here and there for both of us and it’s just going to be about who’s able to take those”.