Jenson Brooksby, 20, reacts to making his maiden ATP semifinal in Newport



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Jenson Brooksby, 20, reacts to making his maiden ATP semifinal in Newport

Rising American star Jenson Brooksby couldn't hide his happiness and excitement after making his maiden ATP semifinal in Newport. Brooksby, ranked at No. 152 in the world, beat former world No. 39 Peter Gojowczyk 6-0 6-3 in the Newport quarterfinal.

Gojowczyk, who lifted his lone title in Metz four years, is an experienced player but Brooksby routinely handled him on Friday. “I’m especially happy with a good first set to start it out,” Brooksby said in an on-court interview, as quoted on the ATP website.

“In the second set I could have done some things better, and I’m thinking about that still now, but I’m just happy to get through. Props to him though on a good match, and I’m going to get ready for tomorrow”.

Brooksby wants to continue his rise

Brooksby, a former world No. 147, has had a big 2021 season on the Challenger Tour, having won four titles there this year. “It’s been a good year, and I just want to keep pushing forward,” Brooksby said.

“I definitely have a lot of confidence going into these next few matches”. Brooksby made an outstandig start to the match, having broken Gojowczyk three times to comfortably win the opener. After easily losing the first set, Gojowzcyk made a nice start to the second set as he took an early 2-0 lead.

However, Brooksby kept his focus as he won the following three games to take a 3-2 lead. Brooksby then claimed his fifth break of the match in the eighth game, before serving out for the match a game later. Earlier this week, Broosky said he wanted to make a deep run in Newport and show he could play well on the ATP Tour.

“I try to treat every match the same. But I want to prove that I can do the same things at all the ATP Tour events as I’ve done at the Challengers so far,” Brooksby said. “I’m very motivated to prove myself and for everybody to see how well I can do here. I’m pushing for that."