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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.

Daniel Phillips is into the third round of an ITF junior tournament in Puerto Rico (Photograph supplied)

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.

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Published March 16, 2022 at 7:49 am (Updated March 16, 2022 at 7:49 am)

Daniel Phillips storms into third round of J4 Bayamón tournament in Puerto Rico

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