The first semi-finalist of the ATP 250 Astana Open has been determined. That is the representative of the US Frances Tiafoe

30.10.2020    Views: 245
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Author: Tennis Federation of Kazakhstan
No. 1 of Belarus and the world's No. 83  YegorGerassimov showed outstanding tennis in every match at the Astana Open. It will just suffice to mention his latest win over JiříVeselý.
HoweverGerassimov's rival in the quarterfinals was also quite uncomfortable - World's No. 64 Frances Tiafoe from the USA, who plays at the peak of concentration in Nur-Sultan with minimum faults.

From the first games, players showed a sharp, attacking game. Gerassimov gradually increased the power of serving and the pace of the game, and Tiafoe caught the opponent off guard with short strikes. None of them gave vent to their nerves on their serve, and the game naturally turned into a tie-break, where the American won with a minimal advantage.
The unsuccessful outcome of the first set for Gerassimov pushed him to take more active actions at the beginning of the second game, where he immediately made a break. Tiafoe pressed with all his power to recoup the gap in the score. Gerassimov did not give him the slightest chance to break the whole game, but he wavered, already serving for the set. The American simply gifted the Belarus player a second chance to complete the game in his favor. And againYegorGerassimov got nervous, on the first set point in this game he made a double mistake, on the second - he sent the ball out of the court, but on the third try he still broke the set.

Both players were at their best in the decisive set. Frances Tiafoe perfectly executed outgoing strikes, forcing YegorGerassimov to fight back. The Belarussian accurately chose the direction of the strike, and by the middle of the set he already felt complete confidence and began reaching the net immediately after the serve. Serving, by the way, went well for Tiafoe as well, especially in the first square, with a maximum speed of 217 kilometers per hour. Several wrongful mistakes at the net cost Tiafoe a game on his serve.
 
The American was not very worried about this and immediately made a return break, leaving Gerassimov no room for fault on his serve. And he still made a mistake, serving with the score 5:6. With a minimal advantage in this match, Tiafoe won: 7: 6 (7: 5), 5: 7, 7: 5.



Today the rival of Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarterfinals will be Emil Ruusuvuori, who defeated Jordan Thompson from Australia in three sets the day before.
 
It is the first time the ATP 250 series tournament is hosted in Kazakhstan. Spectarors are not allowed during the matches due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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