GATINEAU, March 3, 2017
Félix Auger-Aliassime from Montreal and Filip Peliwo from Vancouver were trying to join their Canadian compatriot Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals at the tenth edition of the $25,000 Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial on Thursday.
Peliwo was the first of the two to take to Centre Court against Laurent Lokoli of France, seeded third in the tournament. On the strength of 3 breaks of serve, the Canadian scored the upset 6-4, 6-4 over the no. 290 ranked player in the world. Peliwo will face Frenchman Hugo Nys in Friday’s quarterfinals. Currently ranked no. 518 in the world, Peliwo reached a career best ranking of no. 223 in 2014. He is seeking his fifth career pro singles title and his third on Canadian soil.
For his part, Auger-Aliassime was unable to join his compatriots in the final eight. The 16-year-old fell 6-4, 6-1 to US-American Eric Quigley in 66 minutes. One break of serve by Quigley made the difference in the opening set and Auger-Aliassime was unable to regroup, dropping the first four games of the second set en route to a straight sets loss. Quigley will meet Austrian Maximillian Neuchrist in the quarterfinals.
Top seed Gleb Sakharov advanced to the stage of the final eigth, winning 6-4, 6-3 over US-American qualifier Quinton Vega. The 28-year-old Frenchman didn’t face a break point, converting three of his own to secure victory in one hour and 28 minutes. Sakharov will next take on JC Aragone of the United States.