Mixed fortunes for Daniel Phillips in Panama
It proved a day of contrasting fortunes for Daniel Phillips at the J4 Llanos de Curundu clay-court tournament in Panama.
Having breezed through the first and second rounds in the singles draw, with straight-sets victories, the 17-year-old was aiming to book his place in the semi-finals, as he took on Dante CarlosTeramo, of Argentina.
Heading into the match as the firm favourite, Phillips, the No 3 seed, looked on course for progression after taking the first set 6-1. However, his unseeded opponent rallied to take the next two sets 6-2, 6-3, to clinch the match and set up a semi-final tie against Josh Manuel, of Britain.
Despite the disappointment, Daniels will still has a shot at title glory after progressing through to the final of the doubles competition.
Alongside Canadian partner Sasha Rozin, the No 1 seeds prevailed in a hard fought encounter against fourth seeds Felipe Jose Rivadeneira Gallegos and Jorge Ruiz, of Ecuador, taking the first set 7-6, in a tie break, before going on to win the second set 6-2.
Standing in their way of the trophy is third seeds MiguelTobon and Juan David Robayo Arias, of Colombia, who secured a straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, success over Francesco Cordova and Manuel.