HARARE, ZIMBABWE – Isaac Stoute progressed to the quarter-finals of the ITF Futures event. Only the second seed was able to stop his run.
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Isaac Stoute was unseeded in Zimbabwe, his first round opponent was Anshumat Srivastava. The Indian proved little trouble for the Brit who dominated in both sets. Stoute lost only three games all match to run out straight sets winner 6-2, 6-1.
In the second round Stoute was against the eighth seed Sean Hodkin. In this battle of the Brits it was unseeded player that made the better start. Stoute was all over Hodkin with the seed unable to react to everything thrown at him. The older Brit made short work of the seed and progressed to the quarter-final losing only four games in the process 6-2, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against the second seed Takanyi Garanganga. The Zimbabwean took the lead early when he broke the serve of Stoute, Garanganga then held on to claim the set. The Brit fought back in the second set and managed to break the serve of the seed. Stoute levelled up the match taking the second set to force a decider. In the final set it was the Zimbabwean who edged ahead after breaking the Brit. Stoute tried to get back into the match, but it was the seed that went through to the semi-final 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
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