Los Cabos, August 3, 2022.- The first semifinal of the seventh edition of the Mifel Tennis Open by Telcel Oppo was defined after the respective victories of German Dominik Koepfer and Australian Alex de Miñaur, who have only met once before and the current world No. 84 won.
In a rematch of the Acapulco final in February, Alex de Miñaur (No. 19) advanced after defeating Tommy Paul (No. 14) in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
It was the fifth victory over the American, against whom he has a total dominance despite the fact that Paul is going through the best ranking of his career. With the victory, the Australian has a record of 8-0 on Mexican soil this season after winning the Acapulco title.
In a duel that lasted 2 hours 26 minutes, the battle was close at some point of the match, however Paul collapsed mentally towards the end of the third set and lost his serve twice.
“I think today was a very important victory, against a very talented and dangerous opponent. I think I still need to improve my level, tomorrow is a new day. There have been matches that have been quite similar against Tommy, where I’m losing in the third and in the end I stay in the game” said the Acapulco champion in a conference after the match.
Earlier, in the match that opened the activity at the Mextenis Stadium, the German Dominik Koepfer defeated the American Alexander Kovacevic in one hour and 53 minutes.
It was the first time that the German and the American faced each other in an ATP duel, outside the Challenger category and after a 6-4, 7-5 win, the seventh-seeded player advanced for the second time to the quarterfinals in a row in an ATP tournament, after reaching a great level in the Atlanta Tournament last week. Now he will be looking for his second semifinals on the circuit after what he achieved in Acapulco in 2021.
Kovacevic, 24, who had stunned 2021 champion Cameron Norrie (No.13) in the round of 16 for the biggest win of his career, was no bigger challenge for the German. De Miñaur now faces Koepfer in an unprecedented semifinal.
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