Stefan Kozlov became the new Subaru Futures champion Sherbrooke Sunday.
The heartthrob of Filip Peliwo semifinal triumphed 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 after two and half hours of game on the British Lloyd Glasspool, who had defeated him on the Quebec Félix Auger-the Aliassime Eve.
Kozlov quickly showed what he expected to heat by breaking the outset powerful server in the game with surgical precision forehand. Although he ultimately escaped the first inning, his game has steadily increased thereafter and Glasspool was not able to follow.
“It’s an excellent player and one of the best servers I’ve had to face. I could not do much in the first inning, but the game went, the better I felt, said the American 18 years after his victory. It was all a game, really hard, and I gave everything. I was a bit lucky, but in the third set, I really reached my pace. ”
The sixth-seeded, however, had to do violence at times to get their hands on the purse of $ 2100, which he has sent word twice for slow play and which also received a warning for unsportsmanlike gesture first run.
“The finals are always difficult and they are very emotional games, but I got myself together and I’m very happy with the result. The audience was fantastic and it was a good win, “said Kozlov, who won at the same time his third Futures.
Glasspool side, if service had shown his best ally against Auger-Aliassime Saturday, he showed himself as a darker day Sunday. Struggling to establish itself in this regard, the 22-year-old played 129 points with the ball in hand, compared to 88 for his opponent.
“I started feeling tired towards the end and my legs were less involved in my service and I was at the same time much less effective, mentioned Glasspool, who had to go to Drummondville Challenger to compete there first game only two hours after the final. He played the big points better than me. There are some points I should have won and I did not. He deserves his victory. ”
Not the perfect scenario, but almost
It was not the perfect scenario, but it was just like the organizers of the Futures of Sherbrooke.
Although the final tournament pitted a Briton and an American Sunday, the empty seats were not many to be at the forefront of the victory of Stefan Kozlov.
“We must be honest and say we dreamed a little bit at a national final between Filip Peliwo and Felix Auger-Aliassime Saturday before the semifinals, but as tennis is expressed, it is important and the two players we had in the finals gave us spectacular tennis, “said the chairman of the organizing committee and president of Futures Tennis Sherbrooke, François Villeneuve.
“It is certain that Mother Nature always plays against us when it is fine as was the case this weekend with the spring weather, but can not encrypt traffic at this time, we had some great crowds. With both semis that put Canadians featured Saturday was almost full and we were also pleasantly surprised by the goodwill that there has been full week. It was almost full some weeknights. ”
Successful new development
The choice to remove the big stages and to have chairs on both sides of the field was also good, also welcomes Mr. Villeneuve.
“We are very pleased with the tournament and amenities. We had many people who congratulated us. With the scoreboard, available to smaller platforms, but on each side, people felt in the game. It had a great atmosphere. ”
The latter was particularly pleased to have Felix Auger-Aliassime and hope to see him again in 2017, he is called to climb the rankings dramatically in the coming years.
“We will be able to say we have seen play here. As Kozlov, who will perhaps one of the ten best players in the world in a few years. It’s a chance to see the rising stars of tennis so close to such a low price. ”