|Croatian Ante Pavic ousted Canadian Filip Peliwo in today’s
singles quarterfinals by a score of 4-6 6-1 6-4.
The Manshield Futures is down to the semifinals following action at the Sargent Park Tennis Garden in Winnipeg on Friday, with the two remaining Canadians in contention for the title – Erik Chvojka (Montreal) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) – both ousted in the quarters.
No. 1-seeded Peliwo was bested by No. 7 seed Ante Pavic of Croatia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. After dropping the first set, Pavic came back strong to earn the win and a semifinal match-up versus qualifier Evan King of the United States. King, currently ranked world No. 941, overcame compatriot Alexander Sarkissian 7-6(7), 5-7, 6-2.
Chvojka, who was seeded No. 5 in Winnipeg, was forced to retire from his match versus British qualifier Cameron Norrie at the 4-0 mark of the first set. Ranked No. 1346, 18-year-old Norrie will be well rested for his semifinal battle opposite No. 2 seed John-Patrick Smith of Australia. Smith eliminated Tunisian Haythem Abid 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
A thrilling final on Friday also brought the doubles draw to a close, as Canadian Milan Pokrajac (Toronto) and Pavic pulled off the victory. The winning pair dished out a bagel in the first set before their opponents, Peliwo and Aussie David Soafer, climbed back into the match and really began to challenge them. It ended with a tight match tiebreaker but Pokrajac and Pavic – the No. 1-seeded duo – were able to clinch a 6-0, 4-6, 13-11 triumph for the title.
Live scoring of Saturday’s semifinals can be found at www.tenniscanada.com. For more information about the Manshield Futures, please visit www.winnipegfutures.com.
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