Botic van de Zandschulp wins two tiebreaks to reach Winston-Salem SFs | ATP Tour

After entering the Winston Salem open at a career high of No. 23 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, Botic van de Zandschulp is knocking on the door of the top 20 after his third tour-level semi-final run of the season.

The second-seeded Dutchman defeated France Benjamin Bonzi 7-6(6), 7-6(1) to extend his strong debut at the North Carolina ATP 250 event and improve to 6-0 in sets on the week. Already 22nd in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, he will rise to 19th if he can win his first ATP Tour title on Saturday.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a season, making a jump in the rankings like that, playing different tournaments, playing all the big tournaments,” said the 26-year-old, who broke into the top 100 for the first time after his run that US Open quarterfinals last year. “It’s a first time every time, and it’s also my first time here at Winston-Salem, and right now I’m still loving it,” he added with a smile.

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Van de Zandschulp fought back from 1/4 to win the first tiebreak but dominated the second tiebreak as he raised his level in crucial moments. Bonzi made little mistake but couldn’t handle the Dutchman’s varied attack, which ended a 15-ace performance with an unreturned serve to match point.

“I played an incredible breaker,” he said of his success on the stretch against the 10th seed. “I think we both served great today, we both played a very good match and we played at a high level. I’m really happy with the win.”

After an opening set without a break point, van de Zandschulp recovered to an early break in set number two after saving two break points to go 2-3 and avoid a double break. He won the first five points of the second tiebreak as he bagged the win in just over two hours.

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Another Frenchman is waiting in the semifinals Adrian Mannarino‘s tipping over of the fourth seed Maxim Cressy. In a 6-4, 7-6(3) win, Mannarino broke the American’s serve in the opener of both sets, but found himself 3-3 in the second after dropping serve at the lone break point against him in the 92 -Minute Match.

The Frenchman, who is now 18-12 on hard courts this season, was in his fifth quarter-final of the year and reached his second semi-final (‘s-Hertogenbosch). He hit three seeds this week and knocked off the ninth seed Emil Ruusuvuori and eighth seed Albert Ramos Vinolas in the last two rounds.

The second Winston-Salem semi-final meets Serbia Laslo Djere Take part in the Swiss qualification Marc Andrea Husler.

Djere saved two match points to defeat Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 7-6 (6) to open the evening session and grab the last four points of the game – starting with a stunning forehand return winner – after the Frenchman went 6/4 in in the tie-break leadership had gone .

Husler upset the 13th seed Jack Draper with a dominant performance in a 6-4, 6-4 win. The Swiss has reached the semifinals of Winston-Salem as the fourth qualifier and could be the first to win the ATP 250 title.

The doubles final will also be held in North Carolina after Thursday’s results. Third seed Matthew Ebden and Jamie Murray dejected Simon Bolelli and Marcelo Melo 7-6(2), 6-2 after Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinsky scored a 6-4, 7-6 (4) upset against the fourth seed Lloyd glass pool and Harry Helovaara.

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