Francisco Cerúndolo celebrates a new victory. Photo: Twitter @hamburgopen
Francisco Cerúndolo lives the best moment of his career. After winning his first ATP title in Bastad, where he also beat a Top Ten for the first time (Casper Ruud, 5th in the world, in the round of 16), he continues his streak and He has already entered the semi-final of the ATP 500 in Hamburg.
He was beating another tennis player ranked in the top ten in the world, Andrey Rublev (8th), and today got rid of Aslan Karatsev. He had to fight, especially during the third set, where he collected more break points by serving 1-3 and broke when his rival served for the match, but he ended up winning 6-3, 4-6 and 7-6 in 2 hours and 24 minutes of play.
With the win against Karatsev, who he had already beaten in Sweden last week, he won his eighth consecutive victory and the live ranking already places it at number 24.
In search of a new ending, which would be the third of his career, wait for the winner of Lorenzo Musetti and Alejandro Davidovich Fokinathat he had never dealt with before.
At the top of the standings, Carlos Alcaraz is the big favorite to be in the definition on Sunday. The Spaniard, the first seed of the tournament, will face Karen Khachanov, while in a hypothetical semifinal Alex Molcan or Borna Coric would appear on her way.
The semi-finals of the ATP of Cerúndolo
Saturday will be Fran’s fifth semifinal on the big circuit and the balance sheet is balanced, with two wins and two losses in this case.
The first, at the Buenos Aires 2021 ATP, ended with a victory against Albert Ramos in a tight match that lasted more than two and a half hours of play. Later, he would end up losing the final to Diego Schwartzman.
The remaining three, all in this 2022. In Rio de Janeiro he fell again with Peque, while in the Masters 1000 in Miami, the only one on the fast field, he succumbed to Casper Ruud.
Finally, in the aforementioned title in Bastad, he earned a place in the final after beating Pablo Carreño Busta in the semifinals. Can you repeat this week in Hamburg?