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AUSSIES ADVANCE IN KAZAKHSTAN

Posted By Alex Johnstone  
16/07/2021
08:00 AM

Max Purcell and Jason Kubler headline the men's results around the globe today after both advanced to the quarters of the ATP Challenger Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan. 

Fourth seed Purcell had to fight back from a set down to overcome Taiwan’s Tung-Lin Wu 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 in just over two hours. The Aussie got his serve going in the second set which was a key factor in his success after dropping the first set. He won 10% more points on his first serve in the second set than he did in the first and also sent down seven aces in the second compared to one in the first. He ended up hitting 12 aces for the match. He faces another Taiwanese opponent, Yu Hsiou Hsu, in his next match. 

Jason Kubler also worked his way through a three-setter against Ukranian sixth seed Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in an hour and 54 minutes. It’s a nice bit of revenge for Kubler who was defeated by Stakhovsky in the qualifiers at this year's Australian Open. Kubler was relentless on return in their latest match, causing 14 breakpoint opportunities and winning six of them. He’ll face Brit Jay Clarke for a spot in the semis. 

Jordan Thompson’s good week in the USA continued overnight after he and partner Joao Sousa moved into the semis of the doubles at the ATP250 Hall of Fame Open in Newport. They rolled Japanese duo Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 7-6(5) in an hour and a half. 

Jeremy Beale and Rinky Hijikata have both advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITF W15K in Monastir after securing wins against seeded players. 

Beale managed to overcome top seed Santiago Rodriguez Taverna 7-6(6), 6-3 in an hour and 43 minutes. Interestingly, Taverna’s last three matches have all been against Australian’s. He lost to Hijikata in the first round of the previous tournament and defeated Kody Pearson in the opening round of the current tournament. Beale is set to play Kazuma Kawachi in his quarterfinal match. 

Beale later hopped back on court with doubles partner Ajeet Rai to defeat Kawachi and Kosuke Ogura 7-6, 7-5 to advance to the semis. 

Hijikata overcame fourth seed Pedro Vives Marcos 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 47 minutes. The Aussie saved 5/6 breakpoints on his serve and managed to convert 4/7 on return. Hijikata has now moved into his second quarterfinal appearance in a row and is starting to build some form after some time off earlier this year. 

Hijikata and Pearson are also through to the semis after they defeated Pedro Vives Marcos and Bruno Pujol Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. The win sets up the possibility of meeting Beale and Rai in the final. 

Finally, Thomas Fancutt and partner Evan Hoyt are through to the doubles semifinals at the ITF M25K in Portugal after defeating locals Luis faria and Martim Leote Prata 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in an hour and 22 minutes.