On a straight-set quarterfinal day at Antwerp, top seeds Jannik Sinner and Diego Schwartzman had easy days to reach the semifinals.
Sinner cruised past former Texas A&M standout Arthur Rinderknech 6-4, 6-2.
“I think I was very solid today,” Sinner told the Belgian crowd. “I played against him in Lyon and he is a very great player and he wants to hit the ball hard. I tried to stay solid and play deep, so I am very happy with the performance today.”
The top-seeded Italian is a win from a sixth ATP final, 5th of 2021. Sinner will now meet South African Lloyd Harris who continued is great 2021 season upended Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 7-5.
“I am happy to be in the semi-finals,” Sinner said looking ahead to Harris. “He has had a great season and he is once again trying to find a way through. He serves well, he moves well. Today he played a wonderful match, so it is going to be very exciting.”
Schwartzman eliminated American qualifier Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 6-2.
Schwartzman will have another qualifier from the USA ahead in Jenson Brooksby. The quirky Brooksby won the last eight games to dispatch Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-0.
“It has been a good year. After not getting to play last year, I think I have made a lot of big strides this year. I am proud of the progress I have made mentally, physically and all around,” said Brooksby.
The 20-year-old Brooksby hasn’t dropped a set in five matches this week en route to his third tour semifinal since the start of July.
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