We’re into the Last Four of the Dayak Tennis Championship in Abuja. Top seed Youssef Hossam will undoubtedly seek to to put an end to Joao Menezes’ ruthless run, while Stephan Gerritsen fires himself up for Maximilian Neuchrist.
Elsewhere, Danylo Kalenichenko and Mirko Martinez would hope to cap off a sensational week in the doubles event by beating the brilliant duo of Arjun Kadhe and Ronnie Schneider in the final.
After almost three hours of sublime tennis against Takanyi Garanganga in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Joao Menezes, no doubt must feel exhausted. But that exhaustion comes with a certain level of confidence. It was his best match yet, a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7) victory; a test of character and skill. It surely leaves him with the feeling that he can surmount just about anything now.
Youssef Hossam of Egypt, who’s is on the back of a 6-4, 6-4 win over Suraj Prabodh in the quarters, isn’t just anything. The top seed has also strung together good displays to see him through to the semis. Despite not having the best of results and registering the most comfortable of victories, the 19-year-old Egyptian has slowly but steadily made his way through in Abuja and could very well cause problems for the Tombim Open champion, who’s eyeing a double this weekend.
Will it be a second straight final for the 21-year-old Brazilian? Or will the top seeded Egyptian bring the Brazilian’s sensational run in Abuja to an end?
In the other match, Austrian, Maximilian Neuchrist would seek to make his third final appearance this year when he takes to court against Dutch qualifier Stephan Gerritsen.
Gerritsen has struggled to make an impact this year, but after posting his biggest win all week by stunning second seed, Markus Eriksson in three sets, you’d fancy the 21-year-old Dutch taking his chances today against the fourth seed.
ORDER OF PLAY
Maximilian Neuchrist vs Stephan Gerritsen, 11am
Youssef Hossam vs Joao Menezes, not before 12pm.
Danylo Kalenichenko/Mirko Martinez vs Arjun Kadhe/Ronnie Schneider, not before 3pm