TORONTO, ONTARIO - With a pair of wins over single players ranked in the Top 150 of the world, University of North Carolina sophomore men's tennis player Brayden Schnur (Pickering, Onatario) has advanced to the main draw of the 2014 ATP Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
Schnur captured a pair of impressive wins in qualifying on Saturday and Sunday and has earned a spot in the main draw slated for August 4-10, 2014. Fifty-six players remain in the main draw with the top eight seeds receiving byes in the first round of the main draw. One of seven qualifiers in the bracket, Schnur will face Andreas Seppi of Italy in the opening round of singles. Seppi is ranked 48th in the world.
Schnur (ranked ATP #609) defeated Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, ranked #131 in the world, 6-1, 6-3, before a partisan crowd just outside his suburban Toronto hometown of Pickering on Sunday. Sugita threw in two double faults in the match's first game and Schnur broke serve twice more to cruise through the first set in a mere 24 minutes.
In the opening games of the second set, Schnur’s serve was dominant. Schnur made 83% of his first serves including six aces in his first three service games of the second set. After holding serve in the first game, Schnur broke to go up 3-1. Incredibly, Schnur faced only one break point the entire match; successfully saving it to take a commanding 5-2 lead in the second set. Sugita held the next game to force Schnur to serve it out and secure his first berth in the main draw of an ATP WORLD Tour event.
In Saturday's first round of qualifying, Schnur posted the highest ranked win of his career, upsetting Australia's #94 Matthew Ebden, 7-5, 6-2.