Canadians went 1-1 in the $15,000 Tevlin Futures semifinals on Friday, as Frank Dancevic picked up his 14th straight win and will play for the title while Filip Peliwo fell in a third-set tiebreaker at Aviva Centre in Toronto.
No. 1 seed Dancevic ousted Japanese Kaichi Uchida 6-4, 6-1 to earn a place in his third consecutive championship match. The 30-year-old started off slow and fell behind 4-1 before finding his game. He lost only one game from that point on, climbing back to take the opening set and dominating in the second set.
Peliwo, world No. 494, lost a close one 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) to No. 2 seed Sanam Singh of India in two hours and 16 minutes. The final set was a break-filled affair, with each player taking four of their opponent’s service games. But in the tiebreaker, No. 334-ranked Singh pulled ahead and took control for the win.
World No. 249 Dancevic and 27-year-old Singh have played just once before in their careers, and it was only a couple weeks ago in the Calgary Futures quarter-finals. Dancevic won 7-6(2), 6-3.
In the final, taking place at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Aviva Centre in Toronto, the Canadian Davis Cup veteran will be going for his third straight ITF Pro Circuit title after coming out triumphant at Calgary and Donalda the last two weeks. For Singh’s part, he will be aiming for his second on the season.
In doubles, the champions were crowned on Friday with No. 4 seeds Marko Tepavac of Serbia and Uchida coming out on top over Americans Nathan Pasha and Raymond Sarmiento 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
For the complete Tevlin Futures results and draws, please visit the ITF website.