Filip Peliwo of North Vancouver, B.C. defeated Luke Saville of Australia 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday to capture the boys' singles Wimbledon title.
Peliwo's victory — his third consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam final this year, but first win— came a day after Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que. took the girls' singles title.
The fourth seed at Wimbledon, Peliwo made it to the championship match at both the Australian and French Opens this year only to fall in the final. Following his Wimbledon win, Peliwo said Bouchard's victory in the girls' singles final was an inspiration.
"I wasn't jealous of her title, but it made me ever more hungry, I wanted to have the same feeling for myself and for Canada. I knew it would be a great achievement if we were both champions," Peliwo said."The two previous finals that I lost were also a big inspirations, I didn't want to lose again but [I] was not letting it get to my head."
Rallying from 2-5 down in the opener, Peliwo also rallied from behind in the second set.
"Guys know that I fight no matter how far down I am, it's worked for me in many situations," he said. "Even if I don't believe I will win, I give it my absolute best and try to win every point, one point at a time.
"I can only go give my best and hope for a win."
Seville, who had ousted him in the Aussie Open final, led 3-1 in the second set before Peliwo took five of the last six games and clinched the win with his fifth ace of the match
"That's exactly how I wanted to finish it," said Peliwo. "I was happy I battled back in the first set, gave myself a winning chance and took it on my first match point."Suggest a correction