Stefan Seifert with Jeff Coetzee at Canada F1 2012
Fresh from turning 27 towards the end of February, Stefan Seifert took part in two ITF Pro Circuit tournaments in Quebec, Canada and is our featured player for March.
The first of two indoor tournaments took place in western Quebec in the city of Gatineau on the north bank of the Ottawa River.
Here he competed in both singles and doubles events. Unseeded in doubles with partner Richard Becker, also from Germany, he was defeated in the semifinals by the top seeds and eventual champions, Devin Britton & John-Patrick Smith.
In the singles event, however, he was among the seeds. Seeded third he began with a lopsided 75 60 victory over Canadian qualifier Samuel Monette. Two more straight sets win followed as Seifert joined the top two seeds in the semifinals.
Canada’s Peter Polansky, seeded two, faced Seifert across the net for a place in the final. For the first time during the week Seifert dropped the opening set. This created a tense second set which got all the more tense when it went into a tiebreak.
With the score 64 66, Seifert had to win this tiebreak to remain in the match and with a 7-4 win he did just that. The deciding set remained close, as in the first two sets played, and in the end it was Seifert who progressed to the final with a 46 76(4) 64 triumph.
Having eliminated the second seed, Seifert now had to tackle the number one seed, Vincent Millot from France.
A 9-7 tiebreak win saw Seifert claim the first set in what looked like being another tight match. However, in the second set, Seifert only allowed his opponent two games as he secured the title, his first of the year, with a 76(7) 62 win.
His second tournament saw him travel to the south of Quebec to the city of Sherbrooke. No doubles action for the German player this time but he was, once again, seeded third in the singles event.
As in Gatineau, Seifert began with a first round clash with a Canadian, this time Wild Card entrant Filip Peliwo, who he saw off in straight sets 63 64.
Another straight sets win followed to set up a quarterfinal with the same opponent he faced in this round the previous week, Devin Britton from the USA. In the Gatineau tournament, Seifert conceded nine games, this time, he went one better, winning 64 64.
Seventh seeded John-Patrick Smith from Australia put up a real fight in the first two sets of the semifinal but could not maintain this into a third decisive set as Seifert won through to a second successive final, winning 76(8) 46 62.
For the second final running here in Canada, Seifert was up against the top seed in the title match. His number one seeded opponent this time was Peter Polansky, with whom he had had a titanic battle in the semifinal the previous week.
Seifert, with the chance of claiming back-to-back singles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit for a career first time took the opening set 63 but the second set, as it had done in their last encounter, went to a tiebreak.
That tiebreak had finished 7-4 in Seifert’s favour and it was a scoreline he repeated here in the final to earn a 63 76(4) win and claim a second title this month.
There was no more Pro Circuit action for the German this month as he tested himself at Challenger level to end the month but these two Pro Circuit titles played a big part in lifting the 27-year-old to a new career high ATP singles ranking of 229.