Thiem To Face Monfils In Doha Semi-Finals

Dominic Thim (photo: QTF/ATP 250 Doha)

DOHA, January 5, 2018

Thursday’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open quarterfinals featured players from eight countries, including two qualifiers, two #NextGenATP members, one wild card and just one seed.

World No. 5 Dominic Thiem defeated 19-year-old Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-4. The 24-year-old from Austria sent down seven aces, winning 73 per cent of his first service points to seal victory in one hour and 24 minutes.

“I was serving well again today and returning well. That’s what I was working on in the off-season so it already pays off now,” Thiem said after reaching his first semi-final on hard court since February 2016.

He will next face Gael Monfils. The French wild card entry edged past German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 7-6, firing eight aces to prevail after one hour and 27 minutes.

Rublev To Take On Pella

Andrey Rublev beat Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5 in a rematch of the 2017 NextGenATP Finals. The 20-year-old Russian won 56 per cent of the total points played to advance in one hour and 30 minutes.

“I was feeling the ball well. I knew since the beginning of the match that I have to try to dictate the point. I have to try to attack. I have to try to lead, but I have to try to do it with a good position. That was the key,” Rublev said.

The World No. 39 will take on Guido Pella of Argentina, who ousted qualifier Mirza Basic from Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-2, 6-3.