Mexican Open: High seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches semi-final after win over Felix Auger-Aliassime

Mexican Open: High seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches semi-final after win over Felix Auger-Aliassime

The world quantity 5 from Greece will tackle Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti, who defeated fifth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Mexican Open: Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches semi-final after win over Felix Auger-Aliassime

Stefanos Tsitsipas salutes cheering followers after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime of their quarter-final conflict on the Mexican Open. AP

Acapulco: High-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas clawed his well beyond Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday to succeed in the semi-finals of the ATP hardcourt match in Acapulco.

The world quantity 5 from Greece will tackle Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti, who defeated fifth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Tsitsipas dropped his opening service recreation towards the seventh-seeded Canadian, clawing again with a break earlier than lastly reeling off the final six factors of the opening set.

He could not keep the momentum, nonetheless, happening an early break once more within the second set as Auger-Aliassime leveled the match.

The third set was a tense affair and it was Auger-Aliassime who cracked, coughing up back-to-back double faults handy Tsitsipas the primary break of the body for a 5-3 lead and an opportunity to serve out the match.

Tsitsipas, who’s vying to succeed in a primary closing of 2021, reached the semi-finals on the Australian Open in February and at Rotterdam earlier this month, however is coming off a quarter-final ouster by 93rd-ranked Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Marseille.

Musetti, 19 and ranked one hundred and twentieth on the earth, is thru to his second profession semi-final in his fourth ATP Tour principal draw look.

Dimitrov, the 2014 Acapulco champion, made {the teenager} work for his closing 4 berth, saving six match factors earlier than lastly pushing a forehand huge on Musetti’s seventh alternative.

The opposite semi-final might be an all-German affair between second-seeded Alexander Zverev and Dominik Koepfer.

Zverev, runner-up to Australian Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco in 2019, superior by walkover when Norway’s Casper Ruud withdrew from their scheduled quarter-final with a proper wrist damage.

Koepfer, ranked 71st on the earth, booked his first tour-level semi-final with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Britain’s Cameron Norrie.

Like Musetti, Koepfer wanted a number of match factors to seal his win.

“I had 4 match factors on his serve, however I could not get it executed,” he mentioned. “I obtained a bit tight, I am not going to lie. I used to be nervous and I knew I must make a number of first serves.

“It was an enormous reduction after such a superb week up to now,” he added. “I am actually excited to play once more tomorrow.”

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