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On major men’s tournaments of the week decided the participants of the semifinals.

Three “Germans”, not counting the Swiss

In Germany, one of the most positive players of the Tour, Marcos Baghdatis lost today to your birthday. The Cypriot turned 31, and German Alex Zverev decided that victory in the quarterfinals of the tournament series АТР500 that too as gift. Beating in two batches of birthday Zverev took revenge for last year’s defeat by Baghdatis at the tournament in Nottingham.

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Rival Alex Zverev in the semi-finals will be none other than Roger Federer, who at full speed rushes to a ninth title at the tournament in Halle. Today, in two sets defeated the Belgian David Goffin. And if in the first set, Goffin did not take any of our feeder, then in the second game David simply gave victory to the Swiss. First, making a hidden set-bol in the ninth game, the fifth-seeded failed to apply for a set. Even with his serve “more,” he managed to miss the decisive point. When it came to tie-break, then a master class by carelessness from the Belgian continued. Having 4 set-bol Goffin repeatedly made unforced errors under pressure from Roger. When the first racket of tournament tired – he simply won the match and went to the semifinals of the tournament. There, as already mentioned, it is expected the owner of the courts Alex Zverev. And again, no doubt who will be cheering local crowd. The match Jan Lennard Straffon fresh in the memory – then the stadium at least not weaker supported the Swiss. Another thing is that tomorrow is at stake will be the final and the patriotism of the Germans may come to the fore. However, it seems that Roger is a little worried.

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Another German who could qualify for the Sunday final was the German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Earlier in the week Philip met in the finals of the Stuttgart tournament with Dominic, Tim, but today the two friends could meet again. However, injury of the left thigh prevented in a fair debate to resolve the fate of the leader of the personal rivalries between players. Now the score was 3:2 in favor of Tim, but this is clearly not the last match between the players. Of course, Tim wished Philip a speedy recovery and went to pass the semi-finals, where he will… again German.

Florian Mayer, driven forward family stands surprisingly easily defeated Andreas Seppi, who in the first match of the tournament defeated David Ferrer. Perhaps a passing match with the Japanese Sugito in the second round played havoc with the Italian and today he is in two sets lost to Mayer, which is already on the 192nd place in the ATP ranking.

The matches of the day:

Quarter-finals:

Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany, 8) – Dominique Tim (Austria, 3) – failure

Roger Federer (Switzerland, 1) – David Goffin (Belgium, 5) – 6:1, 7:6 (10)

Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) – Alex Zverev (Germany) – 6:7 (9), 3:6

Andreas Seppi (Italy) – florian Meyer (Germany) – 6:7, 3:6

Overview of the day’s play from the ATP World Tour:

Chick needs to grow up

As for the tournament in London, the real test is accounted for Roberto Bautista-Agut. The Spaniard today, because of the nuances of the schedule, had to play two matches. And if the first meeting against Donald young ended as soon as possible (the American was beaten for an hour of game time), then the next round against Raonic was expected to fail. And not even because of the lack of freshness and physical condition rather trite in view of the stronger games of the canadian. The new coach of Raonic, John McEnroe recently said that Milos has every chance of winning Wimbledon, because RAO is obliged to prepare properly for the main herbal the start of the season.

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In the semi-final the third racket of the tournament will battle Aussie Bernard Tomic. Tennis player of Croatian origin in the last time behaves surprisingly humble, but no one knows when the next outburst Tomic will blow up the whole tennis world. Maybe it will be tomorrow, and today Bernard won a fairly tight match against Gilles Muller. The Luxembourgers lost the first set in only the 13th game, but in the second, with a late break, managed to restore parity. Alas, for the final game, the 33-year-old Gilles is not enough. Bernard the move led 4:0, which did not leave any chances to Muller. Thus, the Aussie won the representative of Luxembourg for the first time in his career. Until today Mueller in personal meetings led 4:0.

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The second semifinal pair was the first racket of their countries – Croat Marin Cilic and Briton Andy Murray.

Andy in three sets against his compatriot Kyle Edmund. Perhaps wanting to please the London crowd pocketed, the winner of Wimbledon 2013 called Edmund “the future of British tennis”. Yes, today Kyle took Murray 43 minutes of his personal time, winning the second party, but the 85-th line of the ATP rankings, though at the age of 21 rather weak… as for the future of the UK.

Marin Cilic forgets the injury that has long made itself felt. The result of tomorrow’s match with Murray reads quite clearly, however, during his stay in London, the Croat has already managed to surprise a very confident game. And though today he needed three sets to defeat Steve Johnson, lose in the first set on a tie-break is quite possible to be attributed to coincidence.

Results:

1/8 finals:

Roberto Bautista-Agut (Spain, 6) – Donald young (USA) – 6:4, 6:2

Quarter-finals:

Steve Johnson (USA) – Marin Cilic (Croatia, 5) – 7:6 (3), 3:6, 4:6

Andy Murray (UK, 1) – Kyle Edmund (UK) – 6:4, 3:6, 6:1

Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) – Bernard Tomich (Australia) – 6:7, 6:4, 2:6

Roberto Bautista-Agut (Spain, 6) – Milos Raonic (Canada, 3) – 1:6, 4:6

Overview of the day’s play from the ATP World Tour: