2016 Orange Bowl: Miomir Kecmanovic defend his title, writing Orange Bowl history


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2016 Orange Bowl: Miomir Kecmanovic defend his title, writing Orange Bowl history

17-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic from Serbia came to Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida, as the clear favorite for the Orange Bowl title, being the defending champion and using the fact that there was only one other Top 10 player in the draw.

Precisely that happened, as Miomir dominatied the field to take the crown, beating the 2nd seed Yibing Wu 6-3 6-1 to write his name in the golden book of this prestige competition. Namely, Kecmanovic is the first player who won back-to-back U18 Orange Bown titles since Billy Martin in 1973-74, and after being victorious at last week's Eddie Herr too, Miomir conquered the biggest events outside the Slams as the first player since Dominic Thiem in 2011 to do so.

Talented player from Belgrade sealed his year-end number 1 spot on the ITF junior list, and since the end of the August he has been in an outstanding form, winning 36 out of the last 39 singles mahtces! Wu didn't play at Eddie Herr, and he came to this event with 3 back-to-back titles in Asia, reaching the title match again.

Nevertheless, he stood no chance against Miomir's strong and precise groundstrokes, being outplayed in every segment of the game. Kecmanovic won the opening set 6-3 and he never looked back, storming to grab the second 6-1 and secure his title.

Final result: [1]Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) vs [2]Yibing Wu (CHN) 6-3 6-1 ALSO READ: 2016 Orange Bowl: Top seeds Kecmanovic and Wu will play for the title