19-year-old Dane Holger Rune picked up another impressive win on indoor hard courts as he knocked out second seed Cameron Norrie, Britain’s No. 1, in the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open in Sweden.
It was an amazing game, I think we both played pretty well Holger Rune
After giving up the first set, the teenager reacted with force and aggression to turn the tide and inflict a 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 victory on the Briton, his first in four meetings this year.
“It was an amazing match, I think we both played well,” Rune, No. 27 in the world, said at the start of the week after the victory.
“Obviously I lost three times in a row against Cam so I knew it was going to be tough and today’s result showed that it was a lot of work so I’m just super happy that after a difficult period and very long first set, I could stay calm and find a way.
Having reached the final in Sofia three weeks ago, Rune’s run in Stockholm has so far propelled him to 25th in the world as he prepares to meet Australian Alex De Minaur in the semi-finals who, in turn, produced an impressive win as he ousted fourth-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-2 7-6(4) to reach his fifth semifinal of the season at tour level and record his fourth straight victory over his 23-year-old compatriot.
De Minaur, currently at 23 on the ranking list, would regain his place as longtime Australian No. 1 from Nick Kyrgios who is currently placed at 20. To pass his compatriot he will need to win the event and on his current form – he hasn’t dropped a set this week – that’s more than a possibility.
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In the top half, Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a strong challenge from local favorite Mikael Ymer to reach his second consecutive Tour semi-final.
The Greek seed won 7-5 6-3 after saving 10 of 11 break points, including one at 5-5 in the first set, doing just enough to stay ahead in what was a competition exciting between two attacking players.
“It wasn’t easy playing here,” Tsitsipas said of facing the Swede in front of his home crowd. “I really had to play good tennis, find creative shots and I’m very happy with the result.
“I had to work really hard for that. He came very close, taking a small lead, but I stopped him. I was there, insistent, and persevering in the first set. It was such a crucial moment to cross, and I did it and the rest came.
“I want to congratulate Mikael for a great fight. [He’s made a] big improvement since the last time we played,” said Tsitsipas who remains unbeaten by the Swede in five games. “I think he knows best what he has done in recent months to reach this level.”
Tsitsipas will next face Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, a surprise 6-1 6-2 winner over American third seed Frances Tiafoe in the final match of the day on center court.
Meanwhile in Napoli, home favorites Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti, seeded two and four respectively and on either side of the table, are through to the semi-finals.
Berrettini beat Japanese Taro Daniel 6-2 6-3 while Musetti beat Colombian Daniel Galan 6-3 6-0 as they headed to an eventual final encounter.
Facing them are American Mackenzie McDonald who beat Chinese Zhizhen Zhang 4-6 6-3 6-2 to face Berrettini and Serbian Milomir Kecmanovic who eliminated Spaniard Pablo Carrena Busta 7-5 6-2. He will now face Musetti.