Tombim Open champion, Joao Menezes defeated Maximilian Neuchrist to reach the GSL Open semifinals today in Abuja.
These two always, always deliver. Two hours of scintillating tennis. Something akin to what they dished out in the final of the Dayak Tennis Championship. And while, Maximilian Neuchrist came out on top in that pulsating final to claim the title, Menezes has now dumped the Austrian out of the GSL Open and is now the clear favourite for the title.
Neuchrist had taken a 3-1 lead early on in the first set, but Menezes rallied back, excellently, to take the opener 7-6(11) and put up a magnificent show in the second set to seal a 7-6(11), 6-4 victory to reach his third consecutive semifinal in Abuja.
Menezes will next play Tunisia’s Moez Echargui, who beat second seed, Karim-Mohamed Maamoun 6-3, 7-6(2).
India’s Suraj Prabodh got his revenge against top seed Youssef Hossam of Egypt with a 7-6, 6-3 victory. Hossam had, only a week ago, knocked out Prabodh in the quarterfinals of the Dayak Tennis Championship. And today, the Indian returned the favour to advance to the semis where he’ll play Arjun Kadhe, who beat Jelle Sels of Netherlands 6-3, 6-3.
In the doubles, Tombim Open runner-up, Tom Jomby and Remi Boutillier made it to yet another final as a pair when they beat the duo of Aryan Goveas and Anurag Nenwani 7-6, 6-4. They will play Dayak doubles champion, Arjun Kadhe and Ronnie Schneider, who edged Moez Echargui and Thomas Setodji 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.