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Shamasdin reaches doubles semi-final in Drummondville

Mar 15, 2019

On Friday, after five days of action, Adil Shamasdin (Toronto, ON) was the lone Canadian player standing at the Drummondville National Bank Challenger. The tournament, which offers $54,160 in total prize money, will be played from March 11-17 at the René-Verrier indoor tennis club in Drummondville.

Adil Shamasdin was in doubles action on Friday, looking to book his spot in the semi-finals. He was playing alongside Scott Clayton of Great Britain for the sixth tournament since the start of the year and the duo actually won a title together just a few weeks ago at a Challenger event in France. The tournament’s third seeds in doubles, they notched a comfortable victory over the French team of Evan Furness and Manuel Guinard by a score of 6-4, 6-3. This is Shamasdin’s fourth appearance in Drummondville, he who won the doubles title back in 2017.

Although it had been a rather calm start to the week, there were a few upsets on Friday, as the tournament’s third and fifth seeds were ousted in the quarter-finals. Matteo Viola of Italy got the better of the no. 5 seed Arthur de Greef 6-3, 7-5 while Michael Redlicki of the United States got one of the biggest wins of his career when he defeated Jurgen Zopp of Estonia (no. 3). The American, who finished runner-up at the Sherbrooke Futures last year, defeated a player ranked almost 200 spots higher than him.

Photo : Jean-Samuel Gauthier

The only top seed to book a spot in the semi-finals was Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania (No. 1) who got the better of Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark by a score of 7-6(3), 6-4. It was a tightly disputed match, as both players put on a good show in front of a packed crowd.

Action begins on Saturday at noon, as Redlicki and Maden will face-off in the first semi-final match and will be followed by Berankis and Viola. The second double semi-final will be the last match of the day, as Shamasdin and Clayton will take on Dennis Novikov and Ante Pavic for a spot in the final.

The Drummondville National Bank Challenger is part of the group of tournaments sponsored by National Bank, a group that includes combined events in Granby and Gatineau as well as a men’s Challenger in Calgary and two women’s Challengers in Saguenay and Winnipeg.


*Feature photo : Sarah-Jäde Champagne