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Collapse AllDerby Singles - Round 15 | Thursday 23 July 2020 to Wednesday 16 September 2020 (Midpoint: Wednesday 19 August 2020)

It was great to see friendly, competitive tennis return to the courts of Derby Tennis League post-lockdown and fantastic that it was such a busy group too! Thanks for all the match commentaries which help bring the round to life and well done for hitting the ground running with lots of close and exciting scorelines. With all but 4 possible matches played we're looking forward to the next round already!

Group Summary:

Congratulations to Andy for topping Group 1 in style, winning all 7 matches and showing his battling qualities in close 3 setters against Gary, Tom and runner up Nicholas. The latter was "such a tough match" with Andy coming from a set down to level the match and then coming from behind again in the third to take the win. Nicholas had a strong round too though winning 5 matches while it's a shame Michael was slower off the mark with match scheduling despite recording 4 wins.

Final Rankings:

  1. Andy Shaw [W7] 16 includes 2 bonus points WINNER
  2. Nicholas Mathews [W5, L2] 13 includes 2 bonus points RUNNER UP
  3. Gary Spruce [W3, L1] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  4. Phil Michou [W3, L4] 9 includes 2 bonus points
  5. Michael Chester 10.1 [W4, L2] 8
  6. Kartic Rajaram [W1, L5] 6 includes 2 bonus points
  7. Rob Malik [W1, L5] 5 includes 2 bonus points
  8. Tom Hudd [L5] 2

Match Results:

Michael Chester bt Rob Malik (Sep 15) 6-4, 6-0
Michael Chester bt Tom Hudd (Sep 12) 6-2, 6-0
Reveal CommentNicholas Mathews bt Phil Michou (Sep 6) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Phil. It was a fantastic afternoon for tennis! I really enjoyed it."  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Gary Spruce (Aug 30) 6-0, 4-6, [10-5]

Player Comments:

  • "Close 2nd set and tie break. Thanks for the match Gary "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Michael Chester (Aug 26) 6-1, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Good match... thanks Michael. Next time your choice of venue "  -- Andy
Michael Chester bt Kartic Rajaram (Aug 25) 2-6, 6-4, [10-8]

Match of the Group:

Reveal CommentPhil Michou bt Tom Hudd (Aug 23) 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), [11-9]

Player Comments:

  • "A very close game with the wind to contend with. Thanks and well played Tom. "  -- Phil
Reveal CommentKartic Rajaram bt Rob Malik (Aug 23) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Player Comments:

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the game. Rob played the game in the right spirit."  -- Kartic
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Tom Hudd (Aug 22) 4-6, 6-2, [10-7]

Player Comments:

  • "Really good match in very windy conditions. Thanks Tom! "  -- Andy
Michael Chester bt Phil Michou (Aug 19) 7-5, 6-4
Reveal CommentPhil Michou bt Rob Malik (Aug 17) 7-5, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "A fun game - Rob had a great laser serve that caught me off guard me many times. Thanks!"  -- Phil
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Nicholas Mathews (Aug 13) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "This was such a tough match... opposing game styles from both players First set Andy went a break up but Nick levelled up and broke Andy’s serve to win the first tight set 2nd set Andy again went a break up but was able to keep the break and the 2nd went Andy’s way 3rd set Nick had the momentum from the start breaking Andy’s serve twice to go 4-0 up, Andy held to go 4-1 and then a routine hold by Nick saw him in a comfortable lead. At 0-30 down in 7th game it looked to be almost a certainty that Nick would win but Andy steadied his nerve again and managed to win the next 6 games to take the win! Such a great match... thanks Nick"  -- Andy
Reveal CommentNicholas Mathews bt Rob Malik (Aug 11) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Rob - it was a great evening for tennis if a little hot! Hopefully see you again in the autumn!"  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentNicholas Mathews bt Tom Hudd (Aug 9) 6-1, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Thanks Tom, great evening to play a game of tennis and some enjoyable rallies. Would be great to see you down the club!"  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentGary Spruce bt Phil Michou (Aug 6) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "Good match ... little between us, just a few points here and there ... warm evening."  -- Gary
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Kartic Rajaram (Aug 6) 6-2, 6-1

Player Comments:

  • "Great match Kartic, a lot closer than the score suggested. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentNicholas Mathews bt Michael Chester (Aug 4) 6-1, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "It was tough for Michael, who hadn't played for a long time and was on an unfamiliar surface. Despite that he managed to fight back in the second set. If we meet again we will play on court with more bounce! Thank you for the game Michael."  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentRob Malik bt Tom Hudd (Aug 3) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Great Monday morning game with Tom on Darley Park. His first game back in a long time, and quite glad because when he got some good shots in he was very good. Really enjoyed it. Thanks "  -- Rob
Reveal CommentPhil Michou bt Kartic Rajaram (Aug 3) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "A very enjoyable match thanks Kartic. Could have gone either way, a lot of breaks either side and some fantastic winners from Kartic. "  -- Phil
Reveal CommentNicholas Mathews bt Kartic Rajaram (Aug 2) 6-3, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Some close games and long rallies on a beautiful summer evening. I was down in both sets and had to fight hard. Great match, thanks Kartic!"  -- Nicholas
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Phil Michou (Jul 31) 6-4, 6-4

Player Comments:

  • "A great tussle in appalling conditions. Phil held serve and broke to go 2-0 up in the first set. Andy steadied the serve and got used to the conditions to level up at 2-2. Two more hold and then a break saw Andy serving for the first set. Second set the weather started to improve slightly and one break midway through the set saw Andy serving it out at 5-4. At 40-15 it looked like a done deal but Phil battles it to deuce twice. Finally a forced error gave Andy the win. Great match Phil! Thanks. "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentGary Spruce bt Kartic Rajaram (Jul 29) 6-4, 6-2

Player Comments:

  • "Really enjoyable match"  -- Gary
Reveal CommentAndy Shaw bt Rob Malik (Jul 28) 4-1, 4-2

Player Comments:

  • "Good match and closer than the score suggests. Thanks Rob "  -- Andy
Reveal CommentGary Spruce bt Nicholas Mathews (Jul 28) 6-2, 7-5

Player Comments:

  • "We both did our best in windy and sometimes wet conditions ... very enjoyable match"  -- Gary