SHERBROOKE, March 10 ,2017
Three of the four Canadians who reached the second round advanced to the quarterfinals on Thursday at the Subaru Sherbrooke Futures presented by Énergie 106,1. Félix Auger-Aliassime from Montreal, Brayden Schnur from Pickering, and Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, are into the final eight at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event, held until March 12 on the Christian Bourque indoor courts at the Centre récréatif de Rock Forest in Sherbrooke.
Auger-Aliassime played Thursday’s feature evening match against US-American Winston Lin and it didn’t take long for the 16-year-old Canadian to impose himself. Auger-Aliassime needed just 47 minutes to to earn a 6-2, 6-0 victory and book his place in the quarterfinals opposite the tournament’s top seed Edward Corrie of Great Britain. Currently ranked no. 244 in the world, Corrie was crowned champion of the Sherbrooke Futures in 2015 and also reached the final in 2014.
For his part, Shapovalov, last week’s winner in Gatineau, picked up his seventh straight triumph after coming from behind to defeat US-American Christian Harrison, the younger brother of Ryan Harrison 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1. Seeded second in the tournament, Shapovalov will face Laurent Lokoli of France in the final eight.
Meanwhile, Schnur went up against US-American qualifier Henrik Wiersholm. Wiersholm took the lead after comfortably winning the first set tiebreak. Schnur, ranked no. 396 in the world, fought back to secure a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1 win to set a quarter-final meeting against fourth-seeded Grégoire Barrère of France. Barrère defeated Vancouver’s Philip Bester in the second round.
The tournament’s number three, Gleb Sakharov, also made it to the quarterfinals, winning 6-4, 6-4 over Swedish qualifier Isak Arvidsson in one hour and 30 minutes. The 28-year-old Frenchman will next take on Swiss qualifier Adrien Bossel, who edged past seventh seed Adam El Midhdawy from the United States 6-3, 6-2.