DRUMMONDVILLE, March 18, 2016
There will be four Canadians in the singles quarterfinals at the second edition of the $50,000 Drummondville National Bank Challenger. After Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) on Wednesday, Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC), Frank Dancevic (Niagara, Falls, ON), and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) all booked their spots in the final eight on Thursday.
After knocking out Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, the tournament’s top seed, in the first round, Dancevic made it two in a row thanks to a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry. Twenty-year-old Jarry reached a career-high junior ranking of no. 8 and was a finalist at the National Bank International Junior Tennis Open in Repentigny in 2013. Dancevic has now won six of the seven matches he’s played in Drummondville after finishing as the runner up last year. He will next face Edward Corrie of Great Britain, a quarterfinalist in Sherbrooke and a semifinalist in Gatineau.
For his part, Bester defeated Spaniard Roberto Ortega-Olmedo 6-3, 7-6(4). The Vancouver native won 88 percent of his first serve points and saved all four break points he faced. Bester, who represented Canada in Davis Cup against France, will play fourth-seeded Brit Daniel Evans on Friday.
Lastly, 16-year-old Shapovalov upset second seeded US-American Austin Krajicek, ranked no. 101 in the world, 6-3, 7-5. The Canadian hit 13 aces in the match and lost only one point when his first serve went in.
He will meet fifth seed Renzo Olivo, who beat Yannick Reuter 6-4, 7-5. The 24-year-old Argentine won 64% of his first service points and converted five of his 11 break points to advance after one hour and 31 minutes.