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The fourth and final day of the 14 edition of Liverpool Hope International saw a spectacular display of smart rallies, pristine aces, intense focus, and comedic comments.
Perhaps the most memorable moment of the day, was British number 2, 25- year-old Aljaz Bedene winning his first tennis tournament since becoming a British citizen earlier this year. Within a matter of minutes the news became centre of attention on social media, seeming as if all eyes were on Bedene from the championship moment on.
Bedene was crowned champion on the final day of the tournament after winning a super tiebreak 13-11 against Paulo Andujar earlier in the week.
Match format today was superset for the Men´s Championship playoffs and Legends doubles (1 set, first one up to 8 games). The Women´s final was played best of three matches, super tiebreak if third set.
Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs. Aljaz Bedene (GBR)
First match of the day was 17-year-old Russian starlet Andrey Rublev (RUS) against British number 2, 25- year-old Aljaz Bedene. Rublev, notorious for finishing his points quickly, stayed true to his strategy. As usual, he utilised his forehand in particular on return of serve to try to dominate a point early. Due to this, Bedene made a conscious effort to serve big and prevent himself being on the back foot. He served extremely well and even achieved a whole game of aces.:
Points were generally quick and the crowd were delivered multiple winners throughout.
Final score: 5-8 to Aljaz Bedene
Pablo Andújar (ESP) vs. Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
A very different match to the first one of the day, as both players were happy to step into a rally situation and explore a wider range on the court. Drop shots and touch tennis kept the crowd on their toes with plenty of net play also in the mix.
The outcome of the match between these two ATP players boiled down to a couple of points involving unforced errors on Dzumhur´s behalf.
Final score: 5-8 to Pablo Andújar
Women´s final: Ana Bogdan (ROM) vs. Elena Bogdan (ROM)
The women´s final on the fourth and final day of the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament was played between Romanian Ana Bogdan and Elena Bogdan.
The ever so popular Legend´s doubles was thoroughly appreciated by the audience, many perceiving the Legend´s showcase as the highlight of each tournament day. A must-see.