Semifinal action at the $25,000 Tevlin Men’s Futures will feature two Canadians competing in the final four, after Filip Peliwo and Benjamin Sigouin each captured huge wins on Thursday at Aviva Centre.
No. 2 seed Peliwo faced off against Raleigh Smith of the United States in Thursday’s quarter-finals. The 22-year-old captured a 6-4, 6-3 win over his American opponent. Peliwo played a solid game, winning 89 per cent of service games and breaking his opponent four times in the contest.
“I know my timing wasn’t perfect and I made some mistakes but for the most part I stayed calm,” Peliwo said after the match. “I tried to make sure I hit a lot of shots in, ran well, and found my rhythm. I made him play a lot of uncomfortable shots in tough positions. I just tried to play smart and patient, and took my opportunities when I got them.”
Peliwo advances to face No. 8 seed Winston Lin of the United States. Now in the semifinals, Peliwo sees the next match as further opportunity to reset his game after sickness sidelined him for part of the summer.
“I’m giving myself a chance to get my rhythm back and get my game back to where I want it to be. Obviously, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, it’s a process, but just taking it match by match.”
On the other side of the draw, fellow Canuck Benjamin Sigouin also punched his ticket to his pro-level semifinal thanks to a come-from-behind win over the tournament’s No. 3 seed. The 17-year-old Vancouver native upset Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in just under two-and-a-half hours on Thursday morning.
Sigouin registered five aces in the victory and broke his 28-year-old opponent four times to advance. In the semifinal, Sigouin takes on American Rhyne Williams, the No. 7 seed. Williams also had a big quarter-final upset of his own. He defeated Japan’s Kaichi Uchida, the No. 1 seed, 6-2, 6-2 to move on in Toronto.
It’s not just in singles where Sigouin is striking success. He and Juan Carlos Manuel Aguilar of Bolivia defeated Canadian duo Jeremy Langer and Samuel Monette 7-6(5), 7-5 in the doubles semifinal. Sigouin and Aguilar look to capture the trophy in the championship on Friday, but first must face the No. 2 seeds Hans Hach of Mexico and American Rhyne Williams. Hach and Williams advanced to the final with their 6-4, 6-3 victory over Canada’s Alejandro Tabilo and Manuel Sanchez of Mexico.
Semifinal action at the $25,000 Tevlin Men’s Futures begins on Thursday. For updated draws, full results, and live scoring, visit the ITF tournament page here.