Canadians represent half of the field still in contention for the $15,000 Tevlin Futures title at Aviva Centre in Toronto, as Frank Dancevic and Filip Peliwo both earned spots in the semifinals on Thursday.
Peliwo came back from a break down in the first and second sets to win 7-6(5), 7-6(1) over Mexico’s Tigre Hank in the quarter-finals, including from 3-5 down in the first set. It was a pretty even duel, with Peliwo winning 94 total points to his opponent’s 85.
The 21-year-old, ranked world No. 494, will face No. 2 seed Sanam Singh of India for a place in the final. Singh had no problem in his quarter-final match, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory against American Justin Shane. Peliwo and Singh have never played each other before. Twenty-seven-year-old Singh is currently ranked No. 334.
Dancevic’s match was the opposite of his Davis Cup teammate, as he went up an early break in both sets en route to a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over American Noah Rubin. In the second set, Rubin did come back to make it 4-4, but Dancevic broke again to close out the match 7-5. He has now captured 13 wins in a row and is two away from his third consecutive trophy.
In the semifinals, No. 1-seeded Dancevic will play Japanese Kaichi Uchida, a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 upset winner over No. 4 seed Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy. They should be familiar foes, as they played just last week in the second round of the Donalda Futures with Dancevic pulling off a three-set victory.
The $15,000 Tevlin Futures will run at Aviva Centre’s outdoor hard courts through till the final on Saturday Sept. 19. For the complete draws, schedule, and results, please visit the ITF website.