Roger Federer’s conqueror Pablo Andujar beats Swiss teenager Dominic Stricker-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter
Andujar beat the 2020 French Open boys’ champion 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after Stricker grew to become the youngest participant from his nation to succeed in an ATP quarter-final since Federer at Copenhagen in 2000.
Pablo Andujar broke Swiss hearts for the second time this week in Geneva, having first downed veteran Roger Federer after which teenage starlet Dominic Stricker in Thursday’s quarter-finals.
The Spaniard wrecked 39-year-old Federer’s first match for 2 months in Tuesday’s spherical of 16, and the in-form clay-court specialist then sunk 18-year-old Stricker to succeed in Friday’s semis.
The world quantity 75 beat the 2020 French Open boys’ champion 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after Stricker grew to become the youngest participant from his nation to succeed in an ATP quarter-final since Federer at Copenhagen in 2000.
Stricker, the world quantity 419, shocked 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in his first-ever match on the primary tour, then downed 2018 Geneva title winner Marton Fucsovics.
However 35-year-old Andujar had the higher of him.
“It’s totally tough if you’re dealing with Roger and for positive, it is very tough if you’re dealing with a younger man who may be very proficient and has nothing to lose,” the Spaniard mentioned.
“You might be by no means calm, by no means relaxed as a result of he is at all times attempting to assault.
“I feel he’ll enhance; I am positive he’ll. I actually suppose he’ll be a really, superb participant.”
Total, Stricker was delighted along with his major tour debut.
“It was an incredible week for me. I gained towards two top-50 gamers which is simply superb to know that I’m really on this stage and I can compete towards these guys,” he mentioned.
At 18, Stricker is now too previous to defend his French Open junior title – and was not among the many wildcards for the Roland Garros major draw.
As an alternative of heading for the Grand Slam occasion in Paris, which begins on 30 Could, he’ll discover himself again on the grindstone in an a third-tier match in Kiseljak in Bosnia subsequent week.
Requested if he want to be again on the primary ATP tour once more quickly, Stricker mentioned: “I hope so, sure. We should see.”
Andujar will face Norwegian rising star Casper Ruud in Friday’s semi-finals.
The 22-year-old third seed battled again from behind to beat Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Ruud has been one of many spectacular clay-court performers in current months, making the semi-finals at Monte Carlo, Munich, Madrid and now Geneva.
“It will likely be a brand new problem however the physique is feeling good. I’ve performed two matches with none ache and that is a pleasant signal. The physique feels prepared,” Ruud mentioned forward of his semi-final with Andujar.
Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas gained two matches in a day on the Eaux-Vives membership to e-book his spot within the semi-finals.
The 35-year-old clay-courter beat teenage French qualifier Arthur Cazaux 6-2, 6-4 within the afternoon then got here again within the night to down Bulgarian fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov, the world quantity 20, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.
Cuevas, ranked 102, will face both Canadian second seed Denis Shapovalov or Serbia’s Laslo Djere in Friday’s final 4.
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