Bublik first semifinalist
Alexander Bublik is the first player to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2020 Open 13 Provence after beating the likes of tournament number 4 seed Denis Shapovalov 7/5 4/6 6/3 in 2h16.
In the first set, Alexander Bublik, 22 years of age, saved 4 break points against him allowing him to take the lead. Shapovalov was then able to tie at one set a piece thank to an early break that he was able to consolidate. In the third set, Bublik took his chances at 4-3 and broke his opponent. It was the final nail in the coffin.
“My game relies on my first serve. I was able to use it today except in the second set. So overall I was pleased. I also must admit that I enjoyed myself a lot more today then yesterday. Not the same feeling when the crowd is not totally against you”.
The Kazakh is playing the Open 13 Provence for the first time, and is already in the semis. After Kukushkin last year, Bublik will hope to represent their country in the semis. For that, he will have to beat the winner of the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Vasek Pospisil.