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Canada's Steven Diez advances to 2nd round of U.S. Open qualifiers

Canada's Steven Diez advances to 2nd round of U.S. Open qualifiers

Canada's Steven Diez is one step closer to his first main-draw berth at a Grand Slam after winning his first-round U.S. Open qualifier on Monday.

The Toronto player defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round of qualifying for the final major of the tennis season.

Diez, ranked No. 175, saved 7-of-10 break points and converted on 5 of 8 to down his 167th-ranked opponent.

The 28-year-old Diez needs to win two more qualifying matches this week in order to advance to the U.S. Open main draw, which begins Aug. 26.

Diez will next face 228th-ranked Japanese player Yosuke Watanuki.

Diez's best career result at a Grand Slam was reaching the third round of qualifiers at the 2016 U.S. Open.