Dominik Koepfer Surprises with Quarterfinal Win in Lyon Ahead of French Open, Laura Siegemund Also Advances

Status: 22.05.2024 17:02

In preparation for the French Open, tennis pro Dominik Koepfer reached the quarterfinals in Lyon with a surprising win against top seed Ugo Humbert. Laura Siegemund is also in the quarterfinals in Rabat.

The 30-year-old from the Black Forest defeated the French number 17 in the world rankings 2:6, 6:4, 6:4 on Wednesday (May 22, 2024). After just over two hours, Koepfer won the round of 16.

In the decisive third set, the world number 67 gave back the early break and had to accept the 4:4. Koepfer immediately took the serve from Humbert again and secured victory with his own service.

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In the fight for a place in the semi-finals, the Davis Cup player will face the Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry and can hope for the next success in his dress rehearsal for Paris. The French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, begins on Sunday.

Siegemund in Rabat in the quarter-finals

Laura Siegemund has reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the tennis tournament in Rabat, Morocco. After a surprising second-round victory against second-seeded Anna Blinkova, the 36-year-old from Metzingen won 6:4, 6:4 against Colombian Camila Osorio in the round of 16 and will now face Viktorija Tomova from Bulgaria.

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Both opponents had great difficulty getting their serve games through. A total of ten breaks were recorded at the end of the match. In the second set, Siegmund was already 2:4 behind, but then turned around and won four games in a row to end the match with her second match point on her own serve.

The world number 78. Siegemund has been the last German in the preparatory tournament for the French Open in Paris since Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) lost in the first round. There her focus will also be on doubles, in which she is among the world’s best as number six in the WTA rankings.

Hanfmann misses surprise against Djokovic

Karlsruhe tennis pro Yannick Hanfmann missed the big surprise against world number one Novak Djokovic in the round of 16 of the ATP tournament in Geneva and was eliminated. The score after two sets was 3:6, 3:6 from the 32-year-old’s perspective. Hanfmann had previously eliminated two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray.

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But there was no match for Grand Slam record champion Djokovic, who had accepted a wildcard for the preparatory tournament for the French Open because of his form crisis. Djokovic showed a concentrated performance from the start on his 37th birthday, but was stopped by a rain break when the score was 5:3.

When the match resumed after an hour, the Serb promptly secured the first set. Hanfmann got off to a flying start in the second set and took a 3-0 lead, but didn’t win another game after that. The world number one used the second match point to win. Djokovic will be the defending champion at the French Open, which begins in Paris on Sunday.

2024-05-22 15:02:19
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