ATP Antwerp: Alex de Minaur and Grigor Dimitrov advance. Karen Khachanov wastes MP



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ATP Antwerp: Alex de Minaur and Grigor Dimitrov advance. Karen Khachanov wastes MP

The 8th seed Alex de Minaur needed only 58 minutes to advance into Antwerp's semi-final, storming over a qualifier Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-0. Giron performed a comeback against de Minaur in Indian Wells last year but that wasn't the case in Belgium, as the Aussie controlled the pace from start to finish to seal the deal in under an hour.

Alex lost ten points in eight service games, fending off the only break point he faced and stealing more than half of the return points, enough for four breaks of serve. The opening set was fast and fluid, with eight quick holds and one loose service game that cost Giron the set.

De Minaur broke him at love in game six and closed the opener with a hold at 5-3. The Aussie had the momentum on his side and never looked back, winning all six games in set number two to race over the top and reach the first semi-final of the season.

Ugo Humbert defeated Lloyd Harris 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 35 minutes for the third semi-final in 2020. Ugo lost serve once and produced two breaks to control the scoreboard, taking the opening set with a rock-solid display and working harder in the second.

They traded breaks in games five and six of set number two, with Ugo having the upper hand in the tie break to seal the deal in straight sets and stay on the title course. In the most entertaining match of the day, Karen Khachanov wasted a match point in the second set tie break in a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 loss to Daniel Evans.

The encounter lasted two hours and 40 minutes and the chair umpire Adel Nour stole the show, producing some incredible mistakes and making Khachanov erupting in a fury.

Alex de Minaur and Grigor Dimitrov are the semi-finalists in Antwerp.

They both won 105 points and delivered two breaks, battling hard for every point and staying on the court for more than 70 minutes in the second set alone.

The Russian fended off all five break chances in the opener and grabbed a break at 3-2 to bring it home in game nine. Karen led 4-2 up in set number two before Daniel pulled the break back to extend the battle, fending off a match point at 5-6 in the tie break and stealing it 9-7 to force a decider.

There, the Briton used the momentum to grab a break in the opening game, producing five commanding holds to seal the deal and move over the top. Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov didn't play their quarter-final match, with the Canadian withdrawing due to an abdominal strain, sending the Bulgarian directly into the semis.