ZIMBABWE tennis star Benjamin Lock continued his fine run of form on the professional circuit after reaching the singles final of the International Tennis Federation/Digicall Futures tournament at Stellenbosch University in South Africa yesterday.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The top-seeded 25-year-old battled past Polish player Michal Dembek 1-6, 7-6 and 6-4 to set-up an all-African men’s final at the Digicall Futures against South African Davis Cup doubles player Ruan Roelofse.
Wildcard Roelofse booked his spot in the last two by beating fifth seed Maciej Smola from Poland in three sets. After two hours and 20 minutes, Roelofse won 7-6, 3-6 and 6-3. This is the first time ever Roelofse is playing in a Digicall Futures tournament.
The past few weeks in South Africa have been a proper roller-coaster ride for Lock, who in the first week lost in the first round of the singles before failing to make the quarter-finals last week.
He has, however, enjoyed success in doubles after teaming up with his younger brother Courtney to reach the doubles final last week where they lost to the Hungarian pair of Gabor Borsos and Peter Nagy 6-7(1) 2-6.
Last week the Zimbabwe Davis Cup pair lost in the semi-finals 2-6 6-7(5) to Austrian David Pichler and Sebastian Prechtel from Germany.
Lock will, however, be hoping to finish on a high in the last of the three international tournaments played at the Coetzenburg courts of Stellenbosch University.
A win today will be Lock’s second singles title of the year since winning the Old Mutual Futures tournament on home soil in June.