After two fiercely contested semifinals, Alex Kuznetsov of the US and Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands will go head-to-head for the title at the ninth edition of the Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial. The $25 000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) event will come to a close tomorrow at the Gatineau Sporthèque.
Kuzntesov and Edward Corrie of Great Britain, who ousted top seed Germain Gigounon of Belgium in the second round, were the first to take to the court. The American claimed victory after a difficult three-set battle (6-4, 3-6, 7-5). Kuznetsov, who is 29 years old, is currently ranked world no.451 after climbing as high as no. 120 in September 2013. He holds five ATP Challenger titles. Last year, he played in the quarterfinals of the National Bank Challenger in Drummondville.
He now faces Van Rijthoven, a young gun who managed to turn things around after losing the first set of his semifinal against Liam Broady (2) of Great Britain. The 18-year-old Dutchman is currently ranked no. 579 in the world. In 2015, he earned his first two ITF Futures titles in Turkey and Greece. On the Juniors circuit, his ranking rose to no. 13. The final will be played at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
In addition to the singles semifinals, the doubles final was played today. Stefan Kozlov and Kaichi Uchida took home the crown with a win of 7-6(5), 6-3 over Adrian Sikora and Sebastian Fanselow.