Berlocq Upsets Chardy In Umag
Elias also advances to the semi-finals on Friday
Carlos Berlocq continued his surprise run at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag on Friday, stunning third seed Jeremy Chardy in a flawless display, 6-4, 6-2.
The Argentinean won 84 per cent of his first serve points and converted on four of nine break point opportunities. From 5-4 in the opening set, Berlocq reeled off six consecutive games as Chardy was left looking for answers. Berlocq’s only hiccup came when he tried to serve out the match at 5-0 in the second set, but made good on his next service game to close out the win.
Berlocq is into his first ATP World Tour semi-final since Buenos Aires in February 2015. He also evened his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Chardy to 1-1.
Next up for Berlocq is Andrej Martin, who continued to show off his fighting spirit this week in winning his quarter-final over second seed Joao Sousa, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Martin saved five match points on Thursday in defeating seventh seed Martin Klizan.
The Slovakian is now into his first ATP World Tour semi-final. He's jumped over 75 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings this year to his current standing at No. 70. Berlocq leads their FedEx ATPHead2Head rivalry 1-0, with their only previous meeting being a first-round in Umag in 2014.
Earlier in the day, Gastao Elias scored another upset win over by defeating sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta in their quarter-final, 6-4, 6-4. The Portuguese player was more efficient in all areas than his opponent, winning more service points (56 per cent to 46 per cent ) and return points (53 per cent to 43 per cent).
Elias saved a match point on Thursday in his second-round win over top seed and defending champion Pablo Cuevas. He is now into his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the year, having accomplished that feat last week at the SkiStar Swedish Open.
Elias will play fourth seed Fabio Fognini, who found his top form after dropping the first set in his quarter-final against Damir Dzumhur to move into the final four, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. The veteran Italian is into his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the year, with his previous effort coming in April in Munich. All three of his previous ATP World Tour titles have come on clay.
Croatians Mektic/Sancic Advance To Doubles Final
Fourth seeds Nikola Mektic/Antonio Sancic delighted the local crowd by advancing to their first ATP World Tour doubles final over second seeds Nicholas Monroe/Artem Sitak, 7-5, 6-2. They'll play Martin Klizan/David Marrero, who defeated Thomas Fabbiano/Franko Skugor, 6-4, 6-1. Klizan/Marrero won together in Umag in 2013 and Marrero also prevailed here in 2012 (w/Verdasco). Both players are seeking their first ATP World Tour doubles title of 2016.