Photo: Gerry KrippsGary Luker (CAN)
Gary Luker celebrated the second ITF 2 Series quad singles title of his career on the penultimate day of the Tennis Canada International to give the host nation a home victory at the Stade Uniprix in Montreal, while Takuya Miki and Marc McCarroll, the top two seeds, advanced to the men’s singles final.
Luker, who won his maiden career singles title at the ITF Series Birmingham Canadian Wheelchair Tennis Classic in Ontario in 2012, also won the ITF 3 Series Stanley Park Open in Vancouver in July this year and the current world No. 28 beat American world No. 13 David Buck 62 75 in Montreal for his second title on home soil in 2013.
"I had a great tournament," said 37 year-old Luker, who finally had a breakthrough against a higher ranked player after many close matches throughout this season against top 15 ranked players. "I have worked hard all year for a big win like this against a top player.
“They key to success today was my forehand crosscourt, which worked very well today and I managed to stay calm during the crunch time in the second, something I have been struggling with in the last few tournaments. This was the last ITF sanctioned event of the year for me before Nationals in October. I am extremely pleased to finish my season on such a high note," added Luker, who is now set for a significant improvement on his current ranking.
Miki and McCarroll on course for possible title double
Miki and McCarroll will meet at an ITF 2 Series event for the second successive week after the Japanese top seed and British second seed advanced to the men’s singles final before also moving into the men’s doubles final.
McCarroll upset Miki at the PTR Championships last week to reach the men’s singles final in Hilton Head and he will hope to do so again after a comfortable 62 61 semifinal win over French fourth seed Lahcen Majdi. Miki kept his bid alive for a hat-trick of singles titles in Canada this season after defeating Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi 60 62.
Both men’s doubles semifinals produced close matches, with the all-French partnership of David Dalmasso and Majdi beating Canadian second seeds Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe 63 75. Miki and McCarroll were are pushed close by USA’s Steve Baldwin and Frederic Cazeaudumec of France in their semifinal, but the top seeds eventually wrapped up a 76(3) 64 victory.