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THOMPSON FLIES INTO FINAL FOUR AT NEWPORT

Posted By Alex Johnstone  
17/07/2021
09:30 AM

Jordan Thompson moved into the final four at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport overnight courtesy of a straight sets victory against American Maxime Cressy. 

The Australian breezed through the opening set but was pushed all the way to a tiebreak in the second, with the final score reading 6-3, 7-6(6). Both players sent down five aces but the American also dished up seven costly double-faults, five of them coming in the second set alone. 

Thompson could’ve had the game wrapped up at 6-4 in the second but was unable to convert two match-points to seal the deal. He is set to play another American, 20-year-old Jenson Brooksby, who is contesting his fourth ever tour-level event and his first on grass. 

It's the third time Thompson has made it to the final four of an ATP level tournament in his career after doing it in 2019 at Hertogenbosch (runner-up) and Antalya (semifinal). Both tournaments were played on grass. 

Also taking to the courts in Newport overnight was John Patrick-Smith with doubles partner Harri Heliovaara. The pair were knocked out of the quarters by Americans Jack Sock and William Blumberg 4-6, 3-6 in just over an hour. 

There were mixed results at the ATP Challenger Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan as both Max Purcell and Jason Kubler took to the court. 

Purcell continued his solid form in the singles of late after defeating Yu Hsiou Hsu and booking a spot in the semis in the process. The Aussie fourth seed got the job done in an hour and 24 minutes with the final score reading 6-2, 6-1. He’s scheduled to play Canadian Peter Polansky for a spot in the final at 4 p.m. this afternoon (AEST). 

Kubler was unable to join his fellow Aussie in the final four after coming up short in three sets against Brit Jay Clarke 6-3, 5-7, 6-7(1). After claiming the first set, Kubler fell agonisingly short in the remaining two and will be livid with himself after holding a 3-1 lead in the final set. 

It was a successful day at the ITF M15K in Monastir for Aussies Rinky Hijikata and Jeremy Beale who both came away with wins in the singles. 

Hijikata took care of Frenchman Arthur Bouquier 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes to book a spot in the semis. He hit five aces and won 83% of points on his first serve in an impressive serving display. 

Hijikata then took to the doubles court with partner Kody Pearson but the pair were ousted in the semifinal by Bouquier and Santiago Rodriguez Taverna 4-6, 4-6. 

Beale earned a spot in the semis and a matchup with Hijikata after making his way past Kazuma Kawachi 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and a half. He hit four aces to go with four breaks of the Kawachi serve. 

Beale later hopped back on court with Ajeet Rai to defeat Lorenzo Rottoli and Alexandr Binda 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 to secure a place in the final.

Thomas Fancutt and doubles partner Evan Hoyt have made it to the final of the ITF M25K in Portugal overnight. The pair made their way past Joao Da Silva and Gilbert Soares Klier 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 12 minutes. 

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