Broady Advances To Calgary Challenger Semi-Finals

Liam Broady (photo: Kyle Clapham)

CALGARY, February 29, 2020

World No. 230 Liam Broady leads the semi-finals line-up of the Calgary National Bank Challenger held on the hard courts of the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre in Calgary. The No. 7 seed of Great Britain defeated No. 15 seed Goncalo Oliveira from Portugal 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4 on Friday and remains the highest seeded player left in the tournament.

Broady sent down nine and won 60 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after two hours and 34 minutes. The 26-year-old Englishman will next take on 10th seed Maxime Cressy of the United States after he overcame Japan’s Yusuke Takahashi 4-6, 7-6(11), 6-4 in two hours and 22 minutes.

In the top half of the draw, Kacper Zuk continued his great run of form with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over German veteran Tobias Kamke. The 21-year-old from Poland, who earned his biggest win of his career against top seed Vasek Pospisil in the second round, broke Kamke’s serve two times to finish the encounter after one hour and 23 minutes.

Zuk will next challenge No. 8 seeded Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, who beat compatriot and 14th favourite Geoffrey Blancaneaux 6-4, 6-2 to reach the tournament’s final four. Reigning Open Rennes Challenger champion Rinderknech won 59 per cent of the total points played to advance in one hour and 21 minutes.

In the remaining doubles quarterfinals, Canadian Filip Peliwo and partner Harry Bourchier of Australia edged past Karol Drzewiecki of Poland and Goncalo Oliveira 6-3, 7-6(3). Earlier, British pairing Liam Broady and Scott Clayton mustered a 1-6, 7-6(5), 13-11 triumph over Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Harri Heliövaara of Finland.

In the only doubles semi-final of the day, third-seeded pairing Max Schnur and Nathan Pasha of the United States booked their place in the championship match with a 6-1, 6-7(4), 10-7 victory over French duo Arthur Rinderknech and Manuel Guinard.