Dubai Tennis Championships: Andrey Rublev overcomes Marton Fucsovics problem; Denis Shapovalov enters semi-final

Dubai Tennis Championships: Andrey Rublev overcomes Marton Fucsovics problem; Denis Shapovalov enters semi-final

Second-seeded Rublev prolonged his successful streak at 500-level tournaments to 23 matches in a row after he overcame Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2.

Dubai Tennis Championships: Andrey Rublev overcomes Marton Fucsovics challenge; Denis Shapovalov enters semi-final

File picture of Andrey Rublev. AP

Dubai: Denis Shapovalov put collectively one other serving clinic to storm into the twelfth semi-final of his profession with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over French veteran Jeremy Chardy in Dubai on Thursday, whereas Andrey Rublev arrange an all-Russian conflict with Aslan Karatsev.

The third-seeded Shapovalov has but to drop a set this week within the Emirates, and has not been damaged in all 28 service video games he has performed via three matches.

The 21-year-old Canadian fired 26 winners and misplaced a mere six factors on serve all through the competition in opposition to Chardy.

In what can be his third semi-final look because the tour restarted from its hiatus final August, Shapovalov will tackle South African qualifier Lloyd Harris.

“I undoubtedly targeted on my serve rather a lot the final couple of weeks in apply, simply placing lots of time into it, inserting it, making an attempt completely different serves out and making an attempt to have extra variation,” stated the World No 12.

Shapovalov and Chardy went neck and neck for the primary 10 video games earlier than the explosive lefty lastly acquired his palms on a break level, courtesy of a superb backhand return winner. The Canadian comfortably served out the opening set, at love, on the 46-minute mark.

A vital break in sport 9 gave Shapovalov the sting within the second set, and he wrapped up the win together with his tenth ace of the match.

Harris turned the primary qualifier to achieve the lads’s semi-finals in Dubai because of a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori. The South African world No.81 is into the third ATP semi-final of his profession, and his first at this degree.

“I’ve just a few matches below my belt now on these courts, so it is beginning to really feel a bit of bit like my house court docket I need to say. I am simply actually having fun with it right here,” stated the 24-year-old Harris, who has picked up six victories to date this week via qualifying and the primary draw, together with one over top-seeded Dominic Thiem.

Acquainted foes

Second-seeded Rublev prolonged his successful streak at 500-level tournaments to 23 matches in a row after he overcame Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2.

The 23-year-old has dropped simply 5 units all through that run that noticed him clinch 4 ATP 500 crowns since final September.

Rublev and Fucsovics have been drawn in opposition to each other for a 3rd consecutive week. The Russian world No.8 got here out on prime of their Rotterdam last a fortnight in the past, earlier than Fucsovics withdrew forward of their scheduled quarter-final in Doha final week.

“I hope I do not play you anymore this 12 months,” laughed Fucsovics as he walked off court docket.

Rublev is into the semi-finals in Dubai for the primary time, on simply his second main-draw look on the occasion.

“I performed rather well these final three matches. I’ve by no means proven that degree right here in Dubai earlier than and I am actually pleased I am doing effectively and I am successful,” stated the No.2 seed.

In the meantime, Karatsev backed up his shock run to the Australian Open semi-finals final month by advancing to the last-four stage with a hard-fought 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 win over Italian teenager Sinner.

The 27-year-old Karatsev, who began the 12 months ranked 114 on this planet earlier than his breakthrough displaying in Melbourne, got here again from a set down for a second consecutive match in Dubai.

The Russian wildcard unleashed 41 winners in opposition to 25 unforced errors throughout the two-hour 49-minute quarter-final.

“From the start it was robust to get used to the rhythm, he is enjoying so quick, he is a extremely gifted man, he is a prime participant. It took me time to get used to the rhythm after which within the tiebreak I used to be a bit unfortunate. The second set I began to really feel higher, extra snug,” stated the Forty second-ranked Karatsev.

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