Tom Jomby continued in his impressive form to beat Simon Yitbarek of Sweden 7-5, 6-3 and advance to the final of the GSL Open, where he will take on his compatriot, Dan Added in an all-French final showdown.
Yitbarek was bidding to reach his first career final, but was outhit by the 28-year-old Frenchman, who’s now extended his winning run to nine matches.
The opening set went with serve until the twelfth game, where Jomby carved out the all-important break to clinch the set. The Frenchman would break again in the fifth game of the second set to go 3-2 up, but the Swedish teen responded immediately, breaking back to level matters. However, when Jomby broke for the second time in the set for 5-3, there was no looking back, as he went on to serve out and wrap up victory in an hour and 32 minutes on Centre Court.
In an earlier encounter, Dan Added defeated 7th seed, Niels Lootsma 7-5, 6-4 to reach his first ITF World Tour final in 16 months. Added was contesting in his third straight semifinals in Abuja, having reached the last four of the Tombim Open and Dayak Championship. He made no mistakes this time, breaking twice in the first set to fight off a stiff challenge from Lootsma, who had rallied from 2-5 to draw level at 5-5, and take the set.
One break of serve in the 10th game was all Added needed to claim victory and come within a match win of a first title on the ITF World Tour.
The all-French final showdown between Tom Jomby and Dan Added on Sunday, means the French players have done a clean sweep of all singles titles in the 3-week ITF World Tour events in Abuja.
Meanwhile, in the doubles final played today, the French–Greek pair of Dan Added and Michail Pervolarakis secured their first title as a team, following straight sets victory over Indian duo, Arjun Kadhe and Sundar Prashanth.
Added, who’s now the new world number one on the ITF Doubles Rankings, partnered brilliantly with Pervolarakis to record a 6-4, 6-4 win in 72 minutes.
The duo reached the semifinals at the Tombim Open in the first week of the ITF World Tour events in Abuja, went a step further at the Dayak Championships last week to finish as runner-up, and have done better here this week to emerge victorious.