Bogdanovic reaches quarter-finals in Canadian Challenger

By Philip James

Alex Bogdanovic 6-2 6-4 Adam El Mihdawy

Alex Bogdanovic reached the quarter-finals of the Challenger Banque Nationale tournament in Canada yesterday with a straight sets win over American qualifier Adam El Mihdawy.

Bogdanovic, 28, is playing in only his second Challenger tournament of the year, the first of which was in Dallas where he navigated qualifying but lost in round one.

Though ranked 45 places below Bogdanovic, El Mihdawy had already won two qualifying matches before eliminating the number two seed, Malek Jaziri, in the first round.

However the British number five was two strong for the American and won 6-2 6-4 in just over an hour.

Bogdanovic, ranked 310 in the world, played solid tennis, barely losing a point on his first serve and saved the only two break points his opponent created.

He will play another qualifier, 343-ranked Rik De Voest of South Africa, in the quarter-final last thing on Court Central this evening.

Britain’s number two and three, James Ward and Jamie Baker, had already been knocked out of the hard-court tournament in Rimouski.

Ward, ranked 208, won his first round match against Denis Zivkovic before losing to third seed Yulchi Sugita 7-5 6-4 in round two.

Baker, ranked 209, was unlucky enough to be drawn against defending champion and top seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

He battled well against a player ranked 80 places above him, eventually losing to in a third set tie-break 6-4 3-6 7-6(5).