Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt. Declan James (ENG) 1-11, 11-0, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 (70m)
Eric Galvez (MEX) bt Aurangzeb Mehmund (PAK) 11-3, 11-1, 11-8 (47m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Chris Binnie (JAM) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (30m)
Andres Duany (PER) bt. David Letourneau (CAN) 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (58m)
It was obvious from the start that the pressure was on David Letourneau, who has been playing professionally for 2 years since graduating from Princeton. Perhaps that’s why the Canadian looked very nervous right from the start. Meanwhile, University of Rochester’s senior Duany walked on court confidently and with nothing to lose.
Duany quickly got up to 6-0, mostly by solid pressure and good length. Letourneau got back into the game after this but Duany’s lead was too much. Duany’s corner game worked in the second too and Letourneau couldn’t find a way to turn the momentum.
With Duany being up 2-0 in games, Letourneau slowed down the pace significantly in the third, forcing Duany to take initiative. It was a very close game until 8-8 at which point Duany made 3 unforced errors to give the game to Letourneau.
The Canadian came in to the fourth game with some new energy but Duany was ready for it. The Peruvian continued to use the front of the court more and more and Letourneau started to look tired and frustrated. The game was close Duany made some quick points at the end and Letourneau was forced to hit the tin a few times. The fourth game to Duany 11-6 and a very unexpected semi-final spot for the wildcard.