STARNBERG, November 14, 2020
US-American Denis Kudla continues his run through the bottom of the draw at the Atlantic Tire Championships held at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina, United States. The No. 2 seed of the $52,080 ATP Challenger hard-court event defeated No. 7 seed Dmitry Popko from Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-1 in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Kudla saved both break points he faced and capitalized on four of his own 11 break-point chances to advance after one hour and 27 minutes. The World No. 124 will next take on Colombia’s top-ranked player Daniel Elahi Galan. The No. 3 seed, sitting at World No. 133 in the ATP Rankings, edged out Christopher Eubanks from the United States 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes.
In the top half of the draw, Mikael Torpegaard battled past US-American teenager Brandon Nakashima. The 26-year-old from Denmark, who knocked out top seed Thiago Monteiro of Brazil in the second round, won 54 per cent of the total points played to secure a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory in two hours and one minute.
Torpegaard will take on No. 4 seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the stage of the final four. The World No. 146 from India also had to go the distance to overcome Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) after almost three hours of play.
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Friday, November 13 – RESULTS
Singles – Quarterfinals
(2) Denis Kudla (COL) def. (7) Dmitry Popko (KAZ) 6-4, 6-1
(3) Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) def. Christopher Eubanks (USA) 6-4, 6-4
(4) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) def. (Q) Thomaz Belluci (BRA) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) def. Brandon Nakashima (USA) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Luke Bambridge (GBR) / Nathaniel Lammons (USA) def. Nathan Pasha (USA) / Martin Redlicki (USA) walkover
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) / Dennis Novikov (USA) def. Hunter Reese (USA) / Sem Verbeek (NED) 7-5, 6-7(6) 10-8