Daniel Phillips storms into third round of J4 Bayamón tournament in Puerto Rico
Bermuda’s Daniel Phillips is making another run deep into a tournament on the International Tennis Federation Junior circuit after identical straight-sets victories in Puerto Rico.
The 17-year-old, who won a J4 event as a qualifier in Guatemala last month, comes into the J4 Bayamón at the beginning of a second three-week stint in Central America and North America as the No 6 seed in a stacked international field.
He began on Monday with a 6-0, 6-1 win over João Miguel Santana Rodrigues de Oliveira, of Brazil, and followed that up today by similarly dropping only one game in a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Puerto Rican Alex Martínez.
Phillips’s half of the 64-player draw was opened up by the shock first-round defeat of Swedish second seed Jeiden Saidizand 6-3, 6-4 by unseeded American David Krasner.
It means he and No 4 seed Meethre Barot, a potential quarter-final opponent from the US, are the highest-ranked players in the bottom half.
But first Phillips must negotiate his third-round meeting tomorrow with Italian Vasco Trocca.
In doubles play, Phillips and American partner Cyrus Mahjoob justified their No 2 ranking with a comfortable 6-1, 6-0 win over local pair Carlos Roman Caban and Matthew Ruderman.
They next face Nicolas Genereux and Jean-Nicolas LeBlanc, the Canadians, who survived a cliffhanger to overcome Americans Daniel Kong and Robert Zhang 11-9 in a third-set tiebreak.
Kong had earlier created the sensation of the tournament by shocking No 1 seed Hayden Khoo Menon, of Malaysia, 6-4, 6-2.