In-form Cox completes a hat-trick
Back-to-back tournament wins have confirmed for tennis star Dan Cox that he is back to his best.
The 22-year-old has now lifted three trophies in the past five weeks following tournament wins in Manchester, Ireland and, most recently, in Nottingham last week.
The Lincoln-born professional faced Ashley Hewitt in the final at the Nottingham Tennis Centre on Saturday and came through 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, writes Dave Marshall.
His opponent was ranked one place above him in the world rankings when the tournament began, but Cox was always in control.
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"I have had a very busy few weeks, so I was quite tired, but I always felt like I was in control despite losing the second set," said Cox.
"It was never an easy game, I don't mean that. He was a very good athlete and he's a very good player.
"I just mean that I felt in control for most of the final, I think that was down to having played so many matches in recent weeks.
"When you are playing a lot and having some success it brings confidence and the timing is there. I was hitting the ball very well."
Cox's busy schedule continues with a Futures tournament in Chiswick this week.
However, the $15,000 hard court event at the Riverside Health and Racquet Club will be his last before a two-week break.
"I feel tired at times during tournaments, so I think a short break will do me good," he said.
"I feel I am back to where I want to be. I am probably in the best form I have been in since I won five tournaments in 2010 before I had the surgery.
"It is important to keep up this standard but I don't want to put my progress back by playing too much.
"I am not going to set myself any targets, but I do intend to step up and play some Challenger events as we approach the end of the summer.
"I think I was ranked about 580 at the start of the year after I had my surgery and when the Nottingham victory is taken into account I am hoping to be up in the 300s, which is a big jump and it's very pleasing."