ISLAMABAD - Samir Iftikhar came one step closer to his maiden title as he brushed aside University of Denver's Alex Gasson 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals to set a final clash with top seed Henry Craig (DU) for the USTA/ITA regional championships singles title. Second-seeded Samir claimed a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alex Gasson with display of powerful ground strokes and superb tennis. Earlier, Craig and Samir faced off against each other in last year's regional championship match, where Craig claimed the victory 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, however, when the two opponents met up in the 2014 regular season, Samir picked up the win over Craig 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Sharing his views, head coach Bart Scott said: "Sam was focused and determined from the start to finish. I hope he will go for win."