Photo: Ben QueenboroughGary Luker (CAN)
The second day of the Tennis Canada Interationa, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, at Stade Uniprix in Montreal saw a thrilling round-robin quad singles match between Adrian Dieleman and American David Buck, while Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi produced an upset as three of the four men’s singles semifinals went to three sets.
World No. 13 Buck edged out world No. 18 Dieleman 46 62 75 to remain unbeaten along with Dieleman’s fellow Canadian Gary Luker heading into Saturday’s last remaining round-robin matches.
"Losing is never pleasant," said Dieleman."I played my best and am quite happy with the 'process' of my game, even though the 'outcome' was painful. I hit my shots, attacked when I could and was very patient. Last time I played him I lost 1 and 2 so I'm moving in the right direction."
Luker made it two wins from two matches after defeating Mika Ishikawa 61 62 to set up a title decider against Luker.
Caverzaschi upsets the odds in men’s quarterfinals
Caverzaschi caused the only upset of the day in the men’s singles, beating French third seed David Dalmasso 26 76(1) 63. While the other three seeds all advanced to the semifinals of the ITF 2 Series event, Japanese top seed Takuya Miki and fourth seed Lahcen Majdi of France both had to go to three sets, too.
After a good start to his last quarterfinal against Brazil’s Carlos Santos, Miki held on in the decider for a 61 46 63 win that set up a semifinal against Caverzaschi. Meanwhile, Majdi prevailed in the face of a stiff challenge from American Steve Baldwin, with the French player pulling through 64 57 63. Majdi plays British second seed Marc McCarroll for a place in the final after McCarroll’s 63 64 win over Frenchman Frederic Cazeaudumec.
Top seeds McCarroll and Miki will play Baldwin and Cazeaudumec in the men’s doubles semifinals after both partnerships came through their quarterfinals with ease.
However, both quarterfinals in the bottom half of the men’s doubles draw were hotly contested, as Dalmasso and Majdi clinched a deciding championship tiebreak to defeat Brazil’s Mauricio Pomme and Santos 63 46 (10-6). With three Canadian players in the other quarterfinal, second seeds Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe won the important points in both sets against Caverzaschi and Marko Golic for a 63 64 victory.
"Philippe and I are pleased with today's victory," said Dembe. "While we were both not playing our best tennis, we managed to get the job done and earn our way into the semis. We’re definitely looking forward to our match tomorrow."