STARNBERG, January 12, 2021
Alexander Bublik caused the upset of the day in Monday’s quarterfinals of the Antalya Open by knocking out top seed and World No. 10 Matteo Berrettini of Italy 7-6(6), 6-4. The eighth seed from Kazakhstan struck eight aces and won 77 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after one hour and 31 minutes.
“Getting to a semi-final in the first week of the season, and beating a couple of top players — Matteo is a Top 10 player. It’s a great start,” said Bublik, who will next play French veteran Jeremy Chardy.
The 33-year-old saved two match points in the tie-break of the final set to overcome No. 5 seed Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(8) after two hours and 36 minutes, the longest match of the day.
“It was a difficult match and I was a little bit tired too from yesterday,” said Chardy, who defeated Fabio Fognini in three tie-break sets on Sunday. “He (Jan-Lennard) had two match points at the end, so it was difficult. But I am happy to be in the semi-finals.”
In other action, No. 2 seed David Goffin of Belgium eased past Stefano Travaglio from Italy 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes to face No. 4 seed Alex de Minaur in the stage of the final four. The Australian beat sixth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-4. The encounter lasted one hour and 14 minutes.
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