MARBELLA/STARNBERG, April 1, 2022
Pedro Cachin continued his fine run of form this week by reaching the semi-finals of the AnyTech365 Andalucia Open hosted by the the Club de Tenis Puente Romano in Marbella, Spain. The 22-year-old alternate from Argentina, who knocked off top seed Dominic Thiem in the opening round, defeated German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 6-2 in the quarterfinals on a sunny Friday afternoon.
Cachin, who is seeking his second ATP Challenger career crown following his maiden triumph at the Oeiras Open 2 in Portugal last year, sent down six aces and won 78 per cent of his first-service points to secure victory in one hour and 39 minutes. The World No. 228 from Bell Ville will next take on No. 3 seed and 2019 Marbella champion Pablo Andujar from Spain, who beat Chun-hsin Tseng of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes.
In the bottom half of the draw, Jiri Vesely edged out fifth seed Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 6-2, 6-4. The fourth favourite from the Czech Republic saved all three break points he faced and capitalized on three of his own seven break-point chances to advance after one hour and 41 minutes.
Vesely will next play home favourite Jaume Munar. The No. 6 seed from Mallorca knocked off second-seeded Slovakian Alex Molcan 7-6(4), 6-2. Munar won 58 per cent of the total points played to prevail after one hour and 26 minutes.
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In Saturday’s doubles final, No. 4 seeds Roman Jebavy from the Czech Republic and Austrian Philipp Oswald will take on second seeds Hugo Nys from Monaco and Jan Zielinski of Poland.