|John-Patrick Smith provided the Manshield Tennis Futures
fans with a dominant performance in his semifinal
victory over the younger Cameron Norrie.
No. 7 seed Ante Pavic of Croatia and No. 2-seeded Aussie John-Patrick Smith will face off for the Manshield Futures title after they captured semifinal victories over their qualifier opponents at the $15K ITF Pro Circuit event in Winnipeg on Saturday.
Pavic ended the impressive run of American qualifier Evan King with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph. Pavic didn’t face a single break point in the match en route to earning his position in the final.
Eighteen-year-old Cameron Norrie of Great Britain could not challenge Smith, who won 6-1, 6-2. Smith reeled off nine consecutive games during the duel, and won 53 total points to Norrie’s 29.
Both finalists will be looking for their first 2013 singles title in Sunday’s championship match. The two competitors have played each other twice before, with both Smith and Pavic picking up one triumph. Smith is ranked world No. 304 and is looking for his fourth career professional title, while Pavic is No. 555, with two career trophies. Pavic is hoping to net the title sweep in Winnipeg, as he and Canadian partner Milan Pokrajac clinched the doubles crown on Friday.
Sunday’s final will take place at 12 p.m. local time. Admission to the Sargent Park Tennis Garden for the match is free. Fans can follow live scoring from www.tenniscanada.com and find out more information about the Manshield Futures at www.winnipegfutures.com.
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