with a summaryGreek Talon’s path reached the final of the ATP tournament for the first time in his career. The Dutchman won 7-6 (4), 6-1 over eighth seed Aslan Karatsev at the ATP Championships in Pune, India.
The Greek track won the first set 7-6, and then drove his opponent crazy in the second. Karatsev, who beat Tim van Ritthoven earlier in the week, smashed his racket and was very frustrated by the Dutchman’s excellent performance. The Greek track won the second set 6-1, which means that the 26-year-old tennis player is in the final of an ATP tournament for the first time. This makes him the first Dutchman to be in a hard court tournament final since Robin Haase in Vienna in 2013.
“It feels great to start the year like this,” said the Greek track, who may play its compatriot tomorrow in the final. Butch van de Zandsholb will soon play another semi-final against France’s Benjamin Ponzi. Will van de Zandsholb then won his first all-Dutch final since 1995. Then it was Richard Krajeszek and Paul Harhuis in the final of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam. Of course that would be great.
Arantxa Ross and Robin Haas
Arantxa Ros reached the doubles semi-finals of the Auckland Women’s Professional Championships in New Zealand with her Slovakian partner Viktoria Kuzmova. The duo beat Mexican Fernanda Contreras Gomez and American Kahryn Harrison in the quarter-finals: 1-6 6-4 10-7. And in the semifinals, Ross and Kuzmova will face Japan’s Mio Kato and Indonesia’s Alida Sutjiadi.
Dutch tennis duo Robin Haase and Matoi Middelkop were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the ATP Championships in Adelaide, Australia. The sixth seeded couple bowed out to Briton Lloyd Glasspool and Finn Harry Heliovara in three sets: 3-6 7-5 6-10.
Haas and Middelkoop make a regular couple this season. The 35-year-old Haas decided to focus almost entirely on doubles, while the four-year-old Middelkoop cut ties with Rohan Bopanna of India. In Adelaide, the duo earned a first-round bye defeating Colombia’s Nicholas Barrientos and Ariel Behar of Israel in round 16: 7-6(3) 7-6(5).
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