The play for the 5th day at Chennai Open began with the quarter-final match being played between Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Dudi Sela, also, Jozef Kovalik and Daniil Medevedev on the other court.
The Spaniard vs Israeli match began with Sela to serve and he took the first two games, as he broke Vinolas in the very first serve, and gracefully broke him again as he progressed to 3-1. With some pin-point serves and accurate placements and some outrageous winners, Sela sealed the first set, 7-5. Like the first set, he led 3-1. Further, he didn’t get broken on his serve and took the score up to 5-3, and sealed the match with a triple break.
On the other court, the man who sent Cilic back home, had his dream start halted by the Russian, Medvedev. In mere 84 minutes, the Slovak had been knocked out with a score line of 6-1, 6-4. Medvedev has an early lead in Race to #NextGen Finals now. He literally crushed his opponent, world number 117, where his first serve points and aces levered his victory.
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The other quarter-finals were as follows:
Benoite Paire fought off and won against Alijaz Bedene, who is 14-4 at India’s only ATP event and is 39-65 in all other tour level matches. There’s some connect of this English guy to India, as stated by ATP Media Info. The Brit was bageled in the second set by his French opponent, as he won 6-3, 6-0.
The most interesting match of the day was between the Russian, Mikhail Youzhny and the Spanish Roberto-Bautista Agut. Out of the 8 men in the quarter-finals, only two Spanish players, Vinolas and Agut, posted winning records in 2016. Subsequently, Agut continued his winning ways, but not with ease. Youzhny broke his opponent’s first serve of the match, making his opponent toil, he led the set 3-0 to 4-1. He seemed more confident and sharp than Agut. The Spaniard got frustrated with the audience chatter, fighting back at 4-2, but Youzhny’s backhands had a different story to tell. Age has not dented his accurate backhands and with it he sealed the first set, 6-2, flawlessly.
The Russian continued to outclass his opponent as he broke him twice and was leading 4-1. Subsequently, Agut, not letting the disturbances hinder his game, climbed back to 3-4 and levelled at 4-4. He took a U-turn and led for the first time in the match and went on to win the set.
The third set saw the ‘my service, my game’ play till the games were levelled at 4-4. Agut had made an amazing comeback with Youzhny fighting real hard. Agut broke Youzhny’s serve at the right time and sealed the spectacular match at 6-4. Mikhail showed his true potential and pushed Agut to his limits, to lose in grace.
The semi-finals for the Aircel Chennai Open 2017:
Medvedev vs Sela
(5)Paire vs (2)Agut