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Tombim Abuja Open: Markus Eriksson passes Sels test to reach semis; Neuchrist hopes dashed

Top seed Markus Eriksson survived a three-set battle to reach the semifinals of the Tombim Abuja Open in Abuja on Thursday.

The Swede, 28, showed will and strength to power past Jelle Sels as he claimed a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory to advance to the semifinals of a tournament for only his second time this year.

Eriksson will now play Jaimee Floyd Angele for a place in the final. Frenchman Angele, survived a scare against Stephan Gerritsen to win 7-5, 1-6, 4-6 to reach his second semifinal of the year.

In the other match, second seed Maximilian Neuchrist had his hopes of claiming a first title this year dashed as he fell to a 4-6, 4-6 defeat to the brilliant Brazilian, Joao Menezes.

The 21-year-old Menezes would fancy his chances of a first final appearance this year when he takes on Ukrainian, Danylo Kalenichenko in the semifinals. Kalenichenko, in his match, proved too much for Tukhula Jacobs of Namibia as he cruised to a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 victory.

In the doubles event, the French duo of Remi Boutillier and Tom Jomby secured a narrow 7-6, 6-7, 10-6 victory over Thomas Setodji and Alexis Klegou to reach the final. They’ll face a stiff challenge in Markus Eriksson and Maximilian Neuchrist, who beat India’s pair of Karunuday Singh and Aryan Goveas 7-5, 6-3.

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