Wimbledon 2012: Filip Peliwo Wins Wimbledon Boys' Singles Title

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Wimbledon 2012: Filip Peliwo Wins Wimbledon Boys' Singles Title
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In a rematch of their hard fought Australian Open junior's final in which Luke Saville came out on top, Filip Peliwo had his revenge on Sunday, defeating Saville 7-5, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon Boys' Singles title.

Peliwo, a native of Vancouver, missed out on becoming the first Canadian to ever win a Grand Slam singles event by only one day, after Eugenie Bouchard won the Girls' singles title over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Saturday.

After a long rain delay pushed back the start of the match well over an hour, Peliwo got off to a rocky start in the first set, as Saville went up 5-2. Peliwo went on a tear to catch up and win the first set, only to fall behind again in the second set 1-3. Peliwo won five of the next six games to win the second set and the Wimbledon title.

Filip Peliwo has reached the finals of three consecutive Grand Slam boys' finals, losing to Saville at the Australian and Kimmer Coppejans at Roland Garros. Ranked 579th in the world, he is currently 3-1 on the 2012 Challenger Tour and 5-6 on the 2012 ITF Futures tour.

Luke Saville has been the most dominate player on the junior circuit for the last few years. He is ranked first in the junior rankings, and won the junior title at both this year's Australian Open and last year's Wimbledon.

Despite calls to move to the men's game, Saville decided to defend his Wimbledon title, and a win would have made him the first back-to-back Wimbledon boys' winner in nearly thirty years. He won his first Future over Antoine Escoffier in May, and is transitioning to the men's game, and is currently ranked 594th in the world. 

In addition to Bouchard's singles title, she also won the girls' doubles title, giving Canada three championships at this year's Wimbledon, the country's biggest haul ever at a Grand Slam event.

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