Photo: Bernard PacalinLahcen Majdi (FRA)
There were three 60 60 wins among the eight first round men’s singles matches as the Tennis Canada International, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, got underway on Thursday in Montreal with Japanese top seed Takuya Miki making a good start to his bid for a third title in Canada this season and three French player progressing to the quarterfinals.
Miki won the ITF 3 Series Stanley Park Open in Vancouver in July and earlier this month won the Birmingham Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Classic in Ontario. He opened his bid for another ITF 2 Series title with a 61 60 win over Marko Golic of Canada and will go on to face Brazil’s Carlos Santos in the quarterfinals after Santos clinched a 63 63 in arguably the closest men’s match of the day to beat Canada’s Joel Dembe.
Steve Baldwin is the only semifinalist from the 2012 Tennis Canada International to reach this year’s quarterfinals after the American registered one of the day’s 60 60 wins as he eased past Jean-Francois Sylvestre. Baldwin will meet fourth seed Lahcen Majdi in the last eight after Majdi dropped just one game in his opening match to become one of the three French quarterfinalists along with Frederic Cazeaudumec and David Dalmasso.
Third seed Dalmasso and Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi will go head-to-head for a place in the semifinals after both recording 60 60 wins over Canadian opponents, while Cazeaudumec will meet second seed Marc McCarroll after denting the Brazilian challenge when he beat Mauricio Pomme 60 64. McCarroll’s 60 76(2) win over Philippe Bedard ended Bedard’s hopes of reaching the semifinals for the second successive year.
The four-way round-robin competition for the quad singles title began with USA’s David Buck, runner-up at last week’s PTR Championships in Hilton Head, beating Japan’s Mika Ishikawa 63 63, while the all-Canadian contest between Adrian Dieleman and Gary Luker ended in a 61 62 win for Luker.