First final for the American Maxime Cressy

With his game carried non-stop towards the net, the American Maxime Cressy has just won the best result of his career. On Saturday, he dominated the 28th player in the world, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, not without saving three straight points of equalizer in an inning everywhere, in the tie-break (7-5, 7-6 (9) in 2:03) in Melbourne ATP 250 semi-finals.

Born in Paris, trained in France, Cressy, now 24 years old (1.98 m), opted for the nationality of his mother, originally from Chicago, when he embarked on his professional career. 112th player in the world this week, resulting from the qualifications in this tournament, he is already guaranteed to cross the wall of the top 100 during the next publication of the ATP ranking.

100% success at tie-breaks

In Melbourne, where he saved two match points in the second round against his compatriot Reilly Opelka (4-6, 7-6, 7-6), Cressy won the six tie-breaks he played, already with 74 aces at the meter. Before his four wins in the final table, he had, since the start of his career, won only seven matches on the main circuit.

In the final, he will face the winner of the second half on Sunday, who will pit Rafael Nadal (6th ATP) against Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori (95th).



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