Alexander Bublik clinched victory in a thrilling three-set encounter on a Friday afternoon, overcoming the challenge of French qualifier Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard with a final score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Bublik, seeded third, displayed his resilience and skill as he advanced to the semifinals of the European Open, held at the prestigious Lotto Arena in Antwerp.
In an intriguing twist, Bublik faced an onslaught of powerful serves from Perricard, who delivered first serves at an impressive rate of 73% and notched up a remarkable 18 aces during the match.
Despite this, the Kazakh, ranked 36th in the world, showcased his composure and tactical prowess, securing a hard-fought win. His next challenge awaits in the form of the victory between German qualifier Maximilian Marterer and Frenchman Hugo Gaston.
Bublik’s journey to the semifinals was marked by a series of impressive performances. In the prior round of the Antwerp Open, he emerged victorious against Frenchman Gregoire Barrere, delivering a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win.
The Kazakh’s remarkable consistency and competitive spirit have been key to his advancement in the tournament.
Mpetshi Perricard, ranked 226th, exhibited his tenacity throughout the competition. Notably, he overcame the sixth-seeded Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in a hard-fought match, triumphing 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Additionally, Perricard secured a notable victory against Belgian wildcard David Goffin, sealing the match with a score of 7-5, 6-3, to progress through the earlier rounds of the Antwerp Open.