On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday (Dutch time), Botic van de Zandschulp reached the eighth final of the American ATP tournament in Winston-Salem at the expense of Dalan Kronbuhr. De Wienendaaler defeated his compatriot in straight sets 7-6 (5) and 6-3.
The 26-year-old Van de Zandschulp still faced some difficulties in the first set with his fellow Greek track. After failing to break out of the first set at 5-4, he recovered in time to fall behind 4-2 in the tiebreak.
In the second set, Van de Santsulp immediately made the difference with the Greek track’s first service game. The leader of Dutch tennis did not give the world number 46 a break point and decided the match with a love game on the American hard court.
For a place in the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 tournament, Van de Santsulp faces Spain’s Jam Munar. The number 57 in the world coped with Cheng Chun-hsin from Taiwan without many problems: 6-3 and 6-4.
Tallon Valentijn is back in Winston-Salem after a month off.
The Greek train is back in Winston-Salem
It was his first race on the Greek track since he was eliminated in the second round in Hamburg at the end of July. The North Hollander was unwell for the ATP tournament in Kitzbühel and missed the Masters tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati after contracting the coronavirus.
In Winston-Salem, the Greek track initially failed in the last round of qualifications, but the number two in the Netherlands was still allowed to appear on the main table as a lucky loser. The Greek track won its first match against Japanese Taro Daniel.
Van de Sandsulp and Greg Spoor are currently preparing for the US Open. The Grand Slam starts in New York on Monday. Van de Santsulp, currently ranked 23rd in the world, stumbled in last year’s quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.
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