Patrick Ciorcila of Romania scored a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over seventh-seeded N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth of India and stormed into the semifinals of the Vasan Eye Care - ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament, organised by Tiruchi District Tennis Association, at the Union Club here on Thursday.
Neither player found it hard to hold serve for most part of the first set.
However, serving at 4-4, Prashanth had to dig deep to ward off three breakpoints to clinch the game.
His opponent, too, faced a tough ask in the 10th game as he saved three set points before employing big serves to make it 5-5.
The players swapped breaks in the next two games forcing the set into a tiebreaker in which Ciorcila prevailed 7-5.
The second set swung decisively in favour of the Romanian, who exhibited plenty of confidence unleashing powerful shots.
Ciorcila broke the Indian in the fourth and eighth games to bag the set and match.
Wang in semifinals
In another quarterfinal, Tak Khunn Wang of France got the better of eight-seeded Augusto Laranja of Brazil 7-5, 6-4.
In the semifinals on Friday, Ciorcila will meet Filippo Leonardi of Italy, while fourth-seeded Thales Turini of Brazil takes on Wang.
Silva, Ranjeet in final
Meanwhile, Caio Silva and V.M. Ranjeet will lock horns with Augusto Laranja and Thales Turini in the doubles final.
The results (Indians unless mentioned):
Singles (quarterfinals): Thales Turini (Bra) bt V.M. Ranjeet 6-4, 6-2; Filippo Leonardi (Ita) bt Mats Moraing (Ger) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0; Patrick Ciorcila (Rou) bt N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth 7-6(5), 6-2; Tak Khunn Wang (Fra) bt Augusto Laranja (Bra) 7-5, 6-4.
Doubles (semifinals): Caio Silva (Bra) & V.M. Ranjeet bt Filippo Leonardi (Ita) & Giulio Torroni (Ita) 6-4, 6-1; Augusto Laranja (Bra) & Thales Turini (Bra) bt Maximilian Dinslaken (Ger) & Laslo Urrutia Fuentes (Chi) 6-4, 6-4.