The surprise of the day undoubtedly came from wildcard Jannik Sinner and Frenchman Ugo Humbert. They both needed one hour to get rid of top seed Gaël Monfils and Belgian pride David Goffin.
The 18-year-old Next Gen star earned the biggest victory of his career Thursday, defeating top seed and 2018 finalist Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last eight of the European Open. Public favorite Goffin suffered the same fate against Humbert: 6-3 and 6-1. “Ugo played very well and fast. This was probably the best game of his career so far. It was difficult to get the rhythm out of his game. I’m obviously disappointed with this elimination, especially since it’s in Belgium.”
Diego Schwartzman, third seed in Antwerp, didn’t make it to qualifier Marius Copil. The Argentinian made a big push in the third set but had to acknowledge the great level of Copil in the decisive tiebreak. 6-4, 5-7, 7-6.
Comparing to the first round, Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen had fewer difficulties today during their quarterfinals. With a score of 6-4 and 6-2 they qualified relatively easy for their eighth ATP 250 semi-final of the season. “It’s not our first semifinal this season, but it’s the most special one. If we could choose one tournament win, we would go for the European Open!”, the duo noted afterwards.
turn boosts his confidence with a two-set victory against the Argentinian Pablo
Cuevas. “I felt more comfortable on the court than I did during my first
match. If I can keep up this level, I’ll have a chance to win the title.”
Today we organized another theme day at the European Open. On Ladies Day, we honoured our female tennis fans with great discounts in the European Open shop and a super exclusive goodiebag. The bag was handed over to the ladies by none other than Frances Tiafoe himself. In the bag: skincare from Louis Widmer, snacks from Chalo, a Play Tennis and tournament magazine and a voucher from Goût D’anvers. For the women who came to the Lotto Arena today, it was an unforgettable Ladies Day.