In what proved a hard-hitting final, Taylor Fritz managed to out serve his compatriot Maxime Cressy to claim the Rothesay International title and lift the Eastbourne trophy for a second time having won it previously in 2019.
My grass season wasn’t going great before I arrived here. But it is great to beat these players and it gives me confidence. I played really well all week and going into Wimbledon, I feel good Taylor Fritz
For the 24 year-old Fritz it was only the third title of his career having also won the Indian Wells Masters event earlier this year and, throughout this week, produced some faultless tennis reaching the final without dropping his serve.
He defeated Cressy, the player who has made ‘serve and volley’ fashionable again, 6-2 6-7(4) 7-6(4) and remains unbeaten at Devonshire Park with the event not played two years ago thanks to Covid and deciding not to defend his title last year.
He did beat the defending champion, Alex De Minaur. in Friday’s semi-final, in another hard-hitting three set battle.
“There is something about this place. It is where I won my first title and when I got here on the first day this week, I felt that I was playing so much better than before. This place has a special spot in my heart,” Fritz said during the trophy ceremony.
In front of a packed crowd, the third seed won 92 per cent of his first-serve points, fired 17 aces and did not face a break point to triumph after two hours and 16-minutes.
“My grass season wasn’t going great before I arrived here. But it is great to beat these players and it gives me confidence,” Fritz added. “I played really well all week and going into Wimbledon, I feel good.”
At The Championships next week, Fritz, seeded 11, meets Italian Lorenzo Musetti in his opening match while Cressy faces the sixth seeded Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime in his opener. Both matches are expected to be played Tuesday.