Maxime Cressy books maiden ATP final in Eastbourne over Jack Draper
It was a match that lasted well over two hours and it saw two very good grass players go at each other in a fairly competitive match. Cressy has been playing superb tennis on grass from the start of this part of the season and he finally got the big break he needed. The American was better early in this one getting to a couple of break points.
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He was never able to get it done and we ended up in a tiebreak where the American jumped out to a 4-1 lead. After getting there Cressy was in prime position to win the opening set and he did with 7-5. The 2nd set was fairly similar with both players being able to hold their serve for the most part. Both had one break point a piece but generally, it was Draper who found more solutions towards the end of the set.
He was able to outplay Cressy in the tiebreak 7-2 to send the match into a 3rd set. Both showed signs of fatigue in the final set but it was the more experienced Cressy who handled it better. He has a couple of long matches under his belt and that experience helped him as he raced to a 6-3 finish over Draper.