Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov in a dramatic match defeated Karen Hechanova and became a semi-finalist clay tournament in Båstad (Sweden).
Dolgopolov Khachanov and conducted a second in-person meeting last year on clay in Barcelona, the Ukrainian won in two sets. Since Khachanov seriously added, breaking the top 40 of the ATP ranking. Dolgopolov in recent years increasingly struggled with injuries.
During the first set, the players alternately missed a lot of break points. In the tiebreak, Dolgopolov with the score 3:5 won four goals in a row and took the match.
The fate of the second set was decided late break from Hechanova – the Russians with the score 4:3 took the feed Dolgopolov, and in the next game filed for a single game.
The final stage of the match turned into a real drama. Khachanov with two breaks led 3:0, but Dolgopolov showed character and snatched victory in the match. Ukrainian on the way to the tie-break has won back two match-Bola and double not allowed the opponent to submit for the match. In the 13th game Khachanov, frustrated by so many missed chances, quickly announced the surrender.
Alexander Dolgopolov for the second time in the season made it to the semifinals of the ATP tournament. The next opponent of Kiev will be another tennis player from Russia – 88-ranked Andrey Kuznetsov.
Karen Khachanov (Russia, 5) – Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine) – 6:7, 6:3, 6:7
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