Carreno Busta Beats Tomic For Place In Antalya Semi-finals
Sonego and Kecmanovic through to maiden ATP Tour semi-finals
Pablo Carreno Busta advanced to his first ATP Tour semi-final for 10 months on Thursday evening when he completed a big-serving 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Australian Bernard Tomic at the Turkish Airlines Antalya Open.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard, who could not convert two set point chances in the first set at 6-5, Ad-out, and at 7/6 in the tie-break, struck 18 aces — the same number as Tomic — and won 86 per cent of his first-service points for an eighth match win of 2019.
"It's the first time that I have reached the semi-finals on grass, so it's very special," said Carreno Busta. "He played better than me in the first set, but afterwards I tried to be aggressive by coming to the net and finishing the points at the net.I'm really happy. "
Carreno Busta, through to his first tour-level semi-final since the Winston-Salem Open in August 2018 (l. to Johnson), will now face Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who entered ATP 250 tournament on the back of a six-match losing streak. Sonego battled into his first ATP Tour semi-final with a 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over second-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the 2017 and 2018 finalist, in two hours and 26 minutes.
World No. 75 Sonego, who hit nine aces in total and won the first three games of the decider, also beat Mannarino in three sets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in May. He is now 12-12 on the year.
Earlier in the day, Miomir Kecmanovic reached his first ATP Tour semi-final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki in 72 minutes. Kecmanovic, who reached the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals (l. to Raonic) in March, is currently in eighth place in the ATP Race To Milan for a spot at the Next Gen ATP Finals in November.
The 19-year-old #NextGenATP Serbian will next face third-seeded Australian Jordan Thompson, the recent Libema Open finalist (l. to Mannarino), who was leading 7-5, 1-0 when fifth seed and defending champion Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina retired due to a stomach complaint after 66 minutes of their quarter-final.
Antalya Doubles Final Set
Jonathan Erlich and Artem Sitak will challenge Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the Antalya doubles final. Erlich and Sitak knocked out fourth seeds Roman Jebavy and Philipp Oswald 6-4, 6-4 in 77 minutes, while Dodig and Polasek overcame Denys Molchanov and Igor Zelenay 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-6 in one hour and 42 minutes.