|October 11, 2017||2017/18|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||6||Win|
|Loughborough Men’s 3rd||0||Loss|
The Men’s Blues have started the season with a comfortable win over Loughborough’s 3rd team away from home. The tie started with two doubles matches, the first of which was won by captain Jack Long-Martinez and vice-captain James Shemilt, 6-2 6-3. While the result of the first match never looked in doubt, at second pair Michal Kaminski and Niklas Kreft, who made his Blues debut, had to save a set point in the first set tiebreak before coming through to take the win 7-6 6-3. These results put Cambridge in a very strong position going into the singles rubbers. On court 1, Shemilt led throughout the match and recorded a 6-2 6-3 win. Kaminski, at 2, overpowered and outmanoeuvred his opponent, winning 6-4 6-4. Playing at number 3, Long-Martinez played in his trademark style, dominating with the serve and rushing the net. His opponent was simply no match and succumbed 6-3 6-4. Finally, Kreft started slowly in his match, losing the first set 6-2, but got on top of the match immediately in the second and with brutal German efficiency lost no more games, winning 2-6 6-0 6-0. This result, albeit against a weak side, leaves the Cambridge team feeling confident ahead of more challenging opposition and bodes well for a title challenge.