FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP Cup - Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia - January 2, 2022 France's Arthur Rinderknech reacts during his group stage match against Russia's Roman Safiullin REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
January 13, 2022
Arthur Rinderknech of France upset third-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia 7-6 (7), 7-5 on Thursday to move into the semifinals of the Adelaide International 2 in Adelaide, Australia.
Rinderknech won 82 percent of the points on his first serve and staved off four of five break points in the match. In the semifinals, he will meet fellow Frenchman Corentin Moutet, a qualifier who beat Thiago Monteiro of Brazil. Rinderknech will be playing in his second tour-level semifinals, with Moutet in his third.
The other semifinal will feature fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia. Cilic was a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 winner over American Tommy Paul, while Kokkinakis ousted countryman Aleksandar Vukic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 in two hours, 16 minutes. Kokkinakis also reached the semifinals in the first Adelaide tournament last week.
Sydney Tennis Classic
Top seed Aslan Karatsev defeated fifth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the semifinal round in Sydney.
Karatsev next will meet third-seeded Daniel Evans of Great Britain, who topped American Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6 (5) in one hour and 52 minutes. Evans won his first tour-level title in Australia last season at the Murray River Open in Melbourne.
Moving into the other semifinal was three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray of Great Britain, who advanced after eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium retired with a knee injury. Murray won the first set 6-2.
He will play fourth-seeded American Reilly Opelka in the semifinals. Opelka used 17 aces to defeat fellow American Brandon Nakashima 7-6 (4), 6-2 in 83 minutes.
–Field Level Media