Sinner A Winner In Montpellier, Rune To Face Cressy In SFs

by Staff | February 10th, 2023, 9:21 pm
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Second-seeded Jannik Sinner moved past Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals in Montpellier, France on Friday. The 17th-ranked Sinner won 26/39 (67%) on first serve points, 9/13 (69%) on second serves. Sinner was broken once but was able to break serve four times, breaking for a final time in the second for 4-1. Sinner broke in the first game of the second set for 1-0.

Sinner advances to his 13th career semifinal.

The big-serving American Maxime Cressy eased past No. 3 seed Borna Coric 7-6(7-2), 6-4. Cressy, ranked No. 51, tallied 18 aces, won 47/56 (84%) first serve points, and never dropped serve. Cressy authored the lone service break of the match in the third game of the second set for 2-1, then coasted from there.

Into his 4th career semifinal, Cressy will meet Danish teen Holger Rune. The top seeded Rune ousted Frenchmen Gregoire Barrere in two breakers 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-5). Rune finished with seven aces, won 45/68 (66%) first serve points, 7/9 (78%) on second serves.

Rune advances his 7th career semifinal. Barrere was bidding his 1st career tour-level semifinal.

Arthur Fils of France defeated countryman Quentin Halys 7-6(7-3), 6-3.

Tomorrow’s semifinal schedule includes Maxime Cressy – No. 1 Holger Rune. Rune just beat Cressy at the Australian Open. And No. 2 Jannik Sinner – Arthur Fils in a first-time meeting.

“I have seen him play here at this tournament,” Sinner said. “He is very strong physically already. He understands the game very well. He started off the year very well, so it is going to be an interesting match for sure.”

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