It appeared Jaimee Floyd Angele was in danger of a serious lapse in self-composure when he played Stephan Gerritsen on Thursday. Still and all, he pulled through with a 7-5, 1-6, 4-6 victory. But the Frenchman knows he can’t afford to make mistakes against top seed, Markus Eriksson.
Eriksson, ranked 313 in the world, has a first final appearance this year in sight; buoyed by the desire to clinch his first title of the season, the Swede might prove too difficult for his French opponent. Angele, however, has been able to cough out results even in relatively difficult situations and has the needed stamina. It’s a first time meeting between these two; interestingly, a crunch one. Who will make the final?
Also, Danylo Kalenichenko is playing in his first semifinal of the season. The Ukrainian came from behind to beat Brazil’s Matos in the first round before posting a 6-4, 6-3 win against Ivan Sebanov in the second round. In the quarterfinals on Thursday, he showed just how ruthless he could be when he thrashed Tukhula Jacobs 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semis.
With his eyes on the final, Kalenichenko only has to get past Joao Menezes. But the Brazilian could prove to be an impenetrable wall. Menezes, 22, put up an impressive showing to beat second seed, Maximilian Neuchrist 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday. He only has to replicate that performance against Kalenichenko and we’ll have a feast on our hands.
Elsewhere, the enigmatic French duo of Tom Jomby and Remi Boutillier will square off against Markus Eriksson and Maximilian Neuchrist for the Doubles title.
Order of Play
Markus Eriksson vs Jaimee Floyd Angele, not before 11am on Centre Court
Danylo Kalenichenko vs Joao Menezes, not before 12pm on Centre Court
Remi Boutillier and Tom Jomby vs Markus Eriksson and Maximilian Neuchrist, not before 3pm on Centre Court