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Jan-Lennard Struff and Jack Draper Gear Up for Hard-Hitting Clash at Sofia Open Semi-Finals

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Struff and Draper Set for Clash in Sofia Open Semi-Finals

Jan-Lennard Struff and Jack Draper are gearing up for an intense showdown in the semi-finals ‌of the Sofia Open. ​The pair secured contrasting victories in⁣ the‌ quarter-finals of the indoor ATP 250 tournament.

Struff Overcomes Marozsan in Thrilling Battle

Third-seeded Struff battled​ his way to a hard-fought victory against Fabian Marozsan, prevailing ⁢7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 in a grueling one-hour, 58-minute match. This win ⁤marks Struff’s first hard-court ATP Tour semi-final since 2021.⁣ The 33-year-old⁢ German showcased his resilience by rallying from ‌a 0-2 deficit in the deciding set. This victory also marked his maiden Lexus ATP Head2Head clash with Marozsan.

“I‌ think it was a great match of very high intensity and a ⁤good level,” said Struff. “I felt like both of us ‍played‌ a very good first set.​ In ⁣the⁤ second set, I made an unexpected double fault that cost me a break. However, in the third set,⁤ despite Marozsan⁢ taking the lead, I managed to‌ stay focused, fight for every point, and be aggressive on my returns.”

Draper Dominates Ilkel to Secure Semi-Final ‍Spot

Draper, on the other hand, cruised to victory‌ against wild card Cem Ilkel with a commanding ⁣6-2, 6-2 win. This triumph follows his second-round​ upset against top seed Lorenzo Musetti. The ‌21-year-old British player converted four of nine break points,‌ earning him a spot in his third ATP Tour semi-final appearance. Draper previously⁤ reached⁣ the​ semi-finals in Eastbourne in 2022 and​ Adelaide-2 in 2023.

“I think he‌ is a really solid player,” commented Draper about Ilkel. “It was difficult during the rallies, but I felt strong, and​ my ball speed was very good. I was able ‍to turn defense into attack effectively, ​so I’m ⁤pleased with my ‌performance.”

Anticipated Clash of​ Clean Ballstrikers

The upcoming ​semi-final between ⁣Struff and Draper⁢ will not only be their first encounter in the Lexus ATP Head2Head series but also a collision between ⁤two of⁢ the cleanest ballstrikers on ⁢the Tour. Both players possess powerful ⁢games, promising an exciting match for tennis enthusiasts.

“He’s someone who has had an amazing season and won a lot of matches,” acknowledged Draper about Struff. “He plays a really big game, so it will be two big hitters facing off, and hopefully, it will be a thrilling match.”

Mannarino and Kotov⁤ to Battle in Second Semi-Final

In the other semi-final of the Sofia Open, second seed Adrian Mannarino will​ face Pavel Kotov. Mannarino showcased his resilience by recovering from a​ tense opening ⁤set to secure a 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3 victory against Sebastian ⁤Ofner. The Frenchman aims ⁣to maintain his flawless record ‌in tour-level semi-finals this year, ‌having triumphed in all three previous encounters.

World No.⁢ 80 Kotov, who recently reached his first ATP Tour championship match in Stockholm, emerged victorious against⁣ Marton Fucsovics with a 6-3, 7-6(3) win.

The stage is set for an exhilarating semi-final showdown in the Sofia Open as these talented players​ vie for a spot in the tournament’s final.

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