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THOMPSON & BOLT THROUGH TO LOS CABOS QUARTERS

Posted By Alex Johnstone  
22/07/2021
12:00 PM

It was a busy day for the Australians on tour overnight with plenty of action to take in. There were some fairly mixed results throughout as most tournaments enter their latter stages.

Jordan Thompson’s run of good form has continued after he moved into the quarters at the Mifel Open in Los Cabos, Mexico. He came from behind to defeat Austrian Sebastian Ofner 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 after nearly two and a half hours on court. The Aussie has now won 11 of his last 18 matches since exiting the French Open in the first round.  

Alex Bolt’s good week in Los Cabos has continued, advancing to the quarterfinals after defeating Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour. The Aussie sent down four aces to go along with 86% of points won on his first serve. The win marks the first time that Bolt has made it to the quarters of an ATP level tournament this year. 

Elsewhere, Marc Polmans was no match for World No. 19 Cristian Garin at the ATP250 Swiss Open in Gstaad, going down in straight sets. 

It was the third time Garin and Polmans have met on the tour, with Garin winning the previous two at Roland Garros in 2020 and at Wimbledon this year. The Aussie managed to take a set off Garin in both of those previous occasions but was unable to repeat the feat in Gstaad, losing 3-6, 0-6.

Thomas Fancutt has gone down in the opening round of the ITF M25K tournament in Idanha-a-Nova overnight. The Aussie fell to Spaniard Alejandro Moro Canas 5-7, 3-6 in just over an hour and never really got into the match. He fell behind 2-5 in the first set before making a run and squaring the ledger at 5-5. However, the comeback was short-lived as he lost the next five games in a row. Ultimately losing the match soon after. 

There were three Aussies in play at the ITF M15K in Illinois overnight, with Rinky Hijikata the only to progress. 

Hijikata has continued his strong form from last week that saw him lift his second ITF title in Tunisia. The Aussie defeated Dominican Peter Bertran 6-3, 6-0 in an impressive display. Hijikata won 79% of points on his first serve and 71% on his second in what was an impenetrable serving display. He also didn’t face a break point for the entire match. 

There was no luck for fellow Aussies Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny who were both eliminated in three sets. 

Schoolkate fell to local Blaise Bicknell 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(2) in a tense match that could’ve gone either way. The Aussie will be extremely frustrated with his performance after leading 4-1 in the final set before fading away. 

Much like Schoolkate, Sweeny was also taken down by an American in Bruno Kuzuhara 6-7(5), 6-1, 3-6. He also had his chances to take out the match. Sweeny held an early break in the first set but was unable to consolidate on it. He played some scintillating tennis in the second but was unable to hold that momentum in the final set. 

Jeremy Beale survived a tough three-setter to advance to the second round of the ITF M15 in Tunisia overnight. Beale overcame a slump in the second set to defeat Samuel Vincent Ruggeri 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. He hit six aces and won 72% of points on his first serve. 

Beale is joined in the second round by Kody Pearson who advanced after defeating Frenchman Arthur Bouquier 7-5, 6-2. He showed great fight to come back from a break down at 3-5 in the opening set. Pearson’s serving was the main feature of his game, hitting for aces and winning 74% of points on his first serve. 

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