SHAPOVALOV SERVES HIS WAY INTO THE SEMIFINALS AT THE GATINEAU FUTURES
Tennis Canada – Peliwo falls in the quarterfinals
Gatineau, March 3, 2017 – Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) won his quarter-final singles match on Friday afternoon at the tenth edition of the Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the tournament, which offers $25,000 U.S. in prize money, will be played until March 5 at the Sporthèque in Hull.
Shapovalov moved past the 2013 singles and doubles champion Tim Puetz of Germany for a spot in the semi-finals. The 17-year-old jumped out to a fast start, holding serve and breaking his opponent twice in the first set. Shapovalov relied on his strong service game, tallying four aces in the match, and was very aggressive on his service returns. Despite a tighter second set, the Canadian was able to close out his opponent 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and a half.
“I knew it would be a tough match, but I thought that my service game was strong and I played well in big moments. When things got tighter in the second set, I tried to keep focused and stick to my game,” said Shapovalov after his win.
On Saturday, Shapovalov will play the Frenchman Hugo Nys, who defeated the only other Canadian left in the singles draw, Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC). In a tough match, Peliwo was unable to move past his French opponent, losing 6-4, 6-1.
Despite losing in the second round in singles earlier this week, Felix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) was back in action with his doubles partner Denis Shapovalov. In their semi-final match, the Canadian pair faced a strong French opponent, Gregoire Barrere and Laurent Lokoli. After a tight first set, the Canadian duo dominated the second set, bringing the match to a decisive tie-break. In the end, the Canadians were not able to come away with the victory, losing 7-5, 1-6, 13-11.
The tournament’s first seed, Gleb Sakharov of France, was also in action on Friday afternoon. After cruising through the first set in a little over 30 minutes, he had a little more difficulty closing out the match against his American opponent JC Aragone, finally winning 6-2, 7-6(7).
The Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial is the first of three consecutive tournaments being played throughout Quebec in the months of February and March. The Gatineau event will be followed by the Sherbrooke Futures and the Drummondville National Bank Challenger.
Information : Valérie Tétreault, Tennis Canada, 514-519-1606