The first racket of Ukraine Oleksandr Dolgopolov made it to the semi-final hard-court tournament of the ATP 250 in Shenzhen, with a prize Fund of $731,680.
For its third season semifinal Dolgopolov competed with the experienced Israeli Dudi SELA, who two weeks ago was unsuccessfully opposed by Ukraine in the match of the Davis Cup.
Dolgopolov and Villages conducted a third in-person meeting in 2011 in St. Petersburg, the Ukrainian conceded in two sets, but four years later at the Masters in Montreal took revenge.
The first set Dolgopolov was almost flawless on his serve Alexander lost only four goals, and in the eighth game did break and confidently served for the party.
In the second set, the Village has increased the pressure and managed to level the score. With the score 4:4 Dolgopolov missed a break-point, and in the next game on his serve made the set-bol and could not get away from the loss of Seth.
The deciding set Dolgopolov began to break, but in the next game of the Village refused to continue the fight.
In the quarter finals in Shenzhen Dolgopolov has served 9 aces and didn’t make any double faults, and converted 2 of 3 break points and won 83% of points with the first ball.
Alexander Dolgopolov was the fifth victory in a row and his next opponent will be the winner of the match between Alexander Zverev (Germany, 1) and Damir Jumhuri (Bosnia, 6).
Dudi SELA (Israel) – Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine, 5th) – 3:6, 6:4, 0:1, failure SELA
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