Canadians Frank Dancevic and Alejandro Tabilo are through to the quarter-finals of the $15,000 Mayfair Futures at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ont. thanks to second-round victories on Thursday.
Eighteen-year-old Tabilo is making the most of his wild card, defeating lucky loser Alexander Centenari from the United States 7-6(5), 6-4 to earn his first professional quarter-final spot. Reaching as high as No. 29 on the junior world rankings earlier this year, Tabilo is currently ranked No. 1985 on the pro level.
Tabilo will have a challenge in the next round, as he is set to face No. 2 seed Sanam Singh of India. Last week’s Tevlin Futures runner-up, Singh advanced past American Gary Kushnirovich 6-2, 6-1.
For his part, Dancevic broke his opponent, Canadian qualifier Jeremy Langer, in the first game and was on cruise control from then on. He captured a 6-1, 6-1 victory in just 51 minutes for his 17th win in a row.
The No. 1 seed’s next foe will be Japanese Kaichi Uchida, who ousted countryman Filip Peliwo in the second round. Dancevic and Uchida will be playing for the third time in as many weeks, with the Canadian owning a 2-0 record.
Peliwo just missed out on joining his compatriots in the quarter-finals. The No. 5 seed started off slow by dropping the first five games of his match to Uchida before coming back and forcing a third set. It ultimately went to a third-set tiebreaker, with Peliwo falling to 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(4).
In other results, No. 3-seeded Serbian Marko Tepavac secured a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over U.S. native Nathan Pasha. Also earning quarter-final spots were two Americans, No. 6 seed Noah Rubin and No. 7 Jared Hiltzik.
The $15,000 Mayfair Futures is the final tournament of a five-week ITF Pro Circuit swing in Canada which began in Winnipeg in late August. The event will conclude with the singles final on Sunday. For the complete draws and results, please visit the ITF website.