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Tearney claims scalp in Canada

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/08/2016

New Zealand tennis player Finn Tearney has scored one of the best wins of his career in downing the top seed in the first round of a tournament in Canada.

Tearney, ranked 388 in the world, beat Frenchman Quentin Halys, ranked 138, 2-6 6-4 6-0 in one hour 37 minutes at the hard court Challenger at Gatineau, Ottawa.

"It's great for me because I've been struggling a bit with confidence recently. So it's nice to finally get a decent win," the 25-year-old said.

He will next play the winner of the match between Canadian locals Felix Auger Aliassime (ranked 784) and Peter Polansky (164).

The tournament has a prize pool of $US75,000. ($NZ105,000).

Tearney was this week confirmed in the New Zealand Davis Cup team to play Pakistan in Christchurch next month.

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