Paul Jubb wins first ITF M25 title in Portugal

17/09/2021

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Rising British star, Paul Jubb won his first ITF M25 singles event in Portugal over the weekend after defeating eighth seed Santiago Rodriguez Taverna 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

The 21-year-old, who is supported by the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, only dropped one set en route to lifting the title in Sintra.

Jubb had to battle past two Brits in the opening rounds - beating qualifier Alistair Gray 6-4, 6-4 to kick start his campaign, before knocking out third seed Anton Matusevich 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1).

In the quarter-finals, the LTA Youth ambassador faced arguably his toughest contest up against American Govind Nanda.

Both of their previous meetings had gone the distance with the Brit clinching a close victory and this match was no different. Nanda levelled the scores at one set apiece after a dominant first set from Jubb but the Brit once again proved too strong. He bounced back to seal the deciding set 6-2 and marched on to his fourth ITF semi-final of the season.

Having claimed two M15 titles in Egypt this season, Jubb came into the final full of confidence and looking to win the biggest trophy of his career to date. He edged the opening set and stormed on to victory with a commanding all round performance.

"I'm very happy to have taken the title last week - I had a couple of strong performances that will be great to build from," said Jubb.

"Prior to coming here I had been really pushing myself in practice and I'm coming back from injury so it's nice to get a bit of a reward from that.

"Now it's straight on to the next, I'm not satisfied - I'm trying to push on to the next level now. I've got to keep pushing and moving forward so I can finish the year as strong as I can."

Jubb stayed in Sintra to play the next installment of the event this week and has already made it through to the quarter-finals.

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