In the first match of today Grigor Dimitrov (ATP 20) faced the Canadian Milos Raonic (ATP 19). Due to a prior injury, Raonic was not able to play this match. The journey at the European Open comes to an end for the Canadian.
Ugo Humbert beats Lloyd Harris and is back
in the semi-finals
The second match of the quarter-finals was fought between qualifier Lloyd Harris (ATP 90) and Frenchman Ugo Humbert (ATP 38). In the end it was Humbert who was able to beat the South African in two sets (6/3, 7/6). In the first set, the Frenchman was able to win the first half of the match with two breaks. It was in the second set that the Frenchman struggled against the tough South African, however, Harris missed out on some crucial points in the tie break. “Lloyd had a very good service. I tried to return as much as I could. I just played my game. I am very pleased with today’s match. With my service I was able to variate a lot and I played very aggressively. Last year I reached the semi-finals, this year I want to do even better. I will do my best to achieve a nice result. I want to thank the fans for their support today, it really pleased me. I like to play in Antwerp”, Humbert said after the match. He will make his way to the semi-finals on Saturday, where he will face Daniel Evans.
Daniel Evans wins against Karen Khachanov
Karen Khachanov (ATP 17) lost in three sets against the British Daniel Evans (ATP 35): 6/3, 7/6, 6/4. Khachanov seemed fully recovered after yesterday’s exciting match against Zizou Bergs, but could not win today from the slightly stronger Brit. With this victory Evans pushes on to the semi-finals of the European Open, where he takes on Frenchman Humbert. “It was indeed an incident-rich match, but I just played my game. I confirmed my good form”, said Evans after the match.
Minaur last to qualify in two short sets
The last game of today was Alex De Minaur (ATP 29) against the American Marcos Giron (ATP 94), who had beaten David Goffin on Thursday. De Minaur ended the European Open of Giron in two short sets: 6/3, 6/0. De Minaur will face Dimitrov in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon.
Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop vs Alex De Minaur and Matt Reid
In the last match of the day we saw the Australian duo Alex De Minaur and Matt Reid compete against Indian Rohan Bopanna and Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop. Alex De Minaur who won his quarterfinals in the singles earlier this day could not win the double together with his partner. In a match that was finally decided by a super tie break, they went down against Bopanna and Middelkoop (6/3, 4/6, 10-4).