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Oh and I forgot about the rapidly-rising Alex Ward who is into yet another Futures final, back in Belgium this week.

And Josh Milton wins in Manchester, pulling off another incredible turnaround as he came from match points down to beat Coupland 7-3 in the third set 'breaker. He'll return to the top 500 and Coupland will rise into the 600s.

And Toby Martin is into his first singles final! Unfortunately it won't be an all-British affair as Broady went down in straight sets.

Kyle Edmund and Dan Cox are playing in the Slovenian challenger next week.
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I've been keeping an eye on the ITF website and didn't see the result for the Semi final on there just that he was in the semi?  Is the website behind, do you have a better source please?
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Which tournament?

I use the ITF Live Scores and Britishtennis.net (forum) for the results. Many of the players tweet about their matches on twitter too.
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The one Alex is in - the Belgian one?  I've been using http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men%27s-calendar.aspx  and it wasn't updated yesterday
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Keep an eye on the live ITF scores section - the results stay up once the match is finished so they're normally always on there for hours before they appear on the tournament page.
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Thanks
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Alex Ward wins in Belgium but Toby Martin goes down 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(6) in his final, having held MP in the tie-break. Frown

Still, a pretty good week all things told with two titles and two finalists this week.
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Aljaz Bedene also won a Challenger last week - a clay event in Italy - to rise back up to #128 in the rankings. Steadily getting himself back towards that top 100.
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Aljaz Bedene also won a Challenger last week - a clay event in Italy - to rise back up to #128 in the rankings. Steadily getting himself back towards that top 100.

Is his officially a Brit now?
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Just sorting out a British passport I believe. Will probably be one officially early next year, short of a last minute change of heart.

Meanwhile in Slovenia, Kyle Edmund pulled off the win in a very, very tight match, winning 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2 against his Slovenian opponent ranked 40 places higher - after his opponent served for the match in the second set. Didn't face any MPs however - was 6-1 up in the TB and had a grand total of 8 SPs before finally levelling it.

Dan Cox also got the win, taking out serial Brit-basher Grigelis (9 places below Cox) 6-3, 6-2.

Dan faces 6th Guez (who Kyle beat not too long ago) WR172 and Kyle faces the world Gerasimov WR230 in the second round.
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Cox is absolutely destroying Guez at the minute.

Kyle on about 6-7ish our time.

Cox wins 6-2, 6-0 and is into the quarters.
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And Edmund joins him in the QFs with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Gerasimov (82 places above him).

In the QFs Cox will face the in-form Gilles Muller (who has barely lost a match at this level since his comeback) and Kyle will take on Dan's doubles partner Niels Desein (27yo ranked #234).

Kyle's forehand is quite a weapon. Absolutely lashes it. Lovely technique, if a bit unorthodox. And the rest of his game is very solid too.

Would love to see him win one of these challengers this year, now that he will surely be playing them a bit more regularly (had a very up and down first half of the season mixing Futures with WCs at main tour and Grand slam level). He's certainly got the game. Also worth noting that he pushed Kyrgios pretty close a few weeks ago, which was seen as a quite disappointing at the time... of course Kyrgios then went on to make the Wimbledon quarter-finals and took out Nadal. I really don't think Kyle is that far behind that level (not saying there isn't a gap, because Kyrgios is quite clearly some way ahead right now. But I don't think it's anywhere near as big as the rankings suggest). Grass is Kyle's weakest surface too. I think he'll be in or around the top 200 by December.
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And Edmund joins him in the QFs with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Gerasimov (82 places above him).

In the QFs Cox will face the in-form Gilles Muller (who has barely lost a match at this level since his comeback) and Kyle will take on Dan's doubles partner Niels Desein (27yo ranked #234).

Kyle's forehand is quite a weapon. Absolutely lashes it. Lovely technique, if a bit unorthodox.

I can remember discussing with this Nigel last year during Eastbourne soon after Kyle beat De Schepper. His game reminds me a lot of Roddick's, with the wristy forehand in particular.
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Kyle has just beaten Desein 6-4, 6-4 to make his first Challenger semi-final. Smile

Should really have been a lot more comfortable - having broken Desein three times in a row he had 6BPs (including three at 0-40) up 4-1* but Desein clung on and then broke back to love when Kyle served for it - only for Kyle to break straight back for the win (after Desein had saved another two break/match points). Pretty tense towards the end.

That said it was Desein who had all the break points in the first set that Kyle fended off before capitalising with Desein serving at *4-5.

Dan Cox on next against Gilles Muller. Kyle faces the winner.
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Dan Cox is out
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