Rising Frenchman Arhur Rinderknech said it was "amazing" to reach his maiden ATP semifinal in Kitzbuhel. Rinderknech, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 91 in the world, surprised third-seeded Filip Krajinovic 6-4 6-1 in the Kitzbuhel quarterfinal.
The 26-year-old Frenchman is having his debut campaign on the clay courts of Kitzbuhel and now he is two wins away from winning his maiden ATP title. “It is amazing, it is such a nice city,” Rinderknech said, per the ATP website.
“It is such a pleasure to be in the semi-finals. Yesterday, I won 7-6 in the third and it was such a tough match. I went with my friend up the hill and took the cable car and went biking. It is such a nice region. I love it here”.
Rinderknech dominated Krajinovic
Rinderknech had a chance to start the match with a break but Krajinovic saved a break point in the opening game of the match. However, Rinderknech waited for his chance and he managed to claim the first break of the match in the ninth game.
After earning the first break of the match, Rinderknech routinely served out for the opener in the 10th game. Krajinovic served out the opening game of the second set but dropped his serve again in the third game as Rinderknech took a 2-1 lead.
Krajinovic had a chance to break back Rinderknech but the Frenchman saved two break points in the fourth game. After failing to convert any of his two break points in the fourth game, Krajinovic dropped his serve in games five and seven as Rinderknech booked a straight-set win.
Rinderknech finished the match on a six-game winning run. Krajinovic was one of the top favorites to win Kitzbuhel but he fell short in his attempt. Earlier this month, Krajinovic made his fourth career final in Hamburtg but he suffered a straight-set defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Krajinovic was disappointed after failing to win his maiden ATP title in his fourth ATP final. "I would like to congratulate Carreno, you were too good today. You deserved to win," Krajinovic said after the Hamburg final. "It's my fourth final, I still didn't win [one]. But I hope it will come one day."