1983 Stefan Edberg 17y
did it in 1984 winning AO, Wimbly, and USO (lost RG).
After the snappy 69-minute girls final, the boys final between Canada's Filip Peliwo, the No. 2 seed, and Great Britain's Liam Broady, the No. 13 seed went to three sets, and the last one, which gave Peliwo a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory, took longer to play than the entire girls match.
The 18-year-old Peliwo, the first player since Australian Mark Kratzmann in 1984 to reach the final of all four junior slams, called on all his experience to down Broady, who was playing in his first slam final since reaching the boys championship match at Wimbledon in 2011.
Serving at 3-2 in the final set after having broken Broady from 40-0 up, Peliwo gave the break right back, although Broady's aggressive play was responsible for several of the errors Peliwo made in that game.
After Broady held for 4-3, Peliwo found himself at deuce after Broady came up with a stunning forehand pass on the run. Broady roared and the Court 7 crowd, which had swelled to nearly a thousand with the finish of the men's semifinal, applauded the British lefthander's effort. Broady earned a break point with a good return, but Peliwo responded in kind. He hit a good first serve and a forehand winner to bring it back to deuce, then hit two more effective forehands to level the set at 4-4.
"It's how small the errors are in tennis really," Broady said. "I had a break point, had played a fantastic point before and got really pumped. He put out a big serve out wide and I just didn't quite get a full swing on it, it went a bit short and he hit a winner, and that was break point over really. I'm sure I'll be thinking for a while if I'd taken a bigger swing at it, maybe I'd have been able to push him back, but it's just those things in tennis."
Although Broady is hardly deficient in the experience department, Peliwo believed his advantage there may have contributed to his performance in the final five games of the match.
"I definitely think that was a factor in it," Peliwo said. "I knew what to do when it came down to the wire, and we were just separated by a couple of points here or there. Once I got the break, I knew what I had to do. I had the same situation sort of in Wimbledon. It was nothing new to serve it out."
At 5-5 Broady saved two break points, but couldn't save a third, with Peliwo earning the chance to serve out the championship when Broady netted a forehand.
Up 6-5 40-15, Peliwo had two chances to win his second consecutive junior slam title, but he only needed one. Using a surprise serve and volley tactic, Peliwo finished with a forehand volley winner, fell to his knees at the net, dropped his racquet and raised his arms triumphantly.
"I have to say I'm a lot more relieved now than I was at Wimbledon," said Peliwo, who lives in Vancouver, but trains at the Canadian National Centre in Montreal. "At Wimbledon it was just excitement, and right now, I've just got a huge weight off my shoulders I think."
Despite his dominating year in the juniors, one that he says exceeded his own expectations, which were initially to reach one major semifinal or final, Peliwo is not expecting the transition to professional tennis to be easy.
"It's definitely a huge challenge," said Peliwo, who will resume playing Futures events now that he has likely secured the No. 1 year-end junior ranking, although he will first serve as a hitting partner for the Canadian Davis Cup team against South Africa next week.
"I have seen a lot of juniors before that have had success at this level and never really translated it into the pro circuit. So it's definitely looking good for me, I think, right now, but there is no guarantees...It's going to be an interesting few years, I think, seeing how I develop. But I think that I'm quite confident that I can achieve big success on the pro tour if I just stay healthy and keep working hard."
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