Unseeded Austrian Dominic Thiem continued his comeback and reached the Swiss Open semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas on Friday in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The former World No. 3 and 2020 U.S. Open champ missed the second half of 2021 and the first half of this season with a wrist injury. Thiem next faces No. 2 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 in his quarterfinal clash with No. 5 Pedro Martinez of Spain.
The other semifinal pits top-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway against No. 4 Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. Ruud survived a tight 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) challenge from Spain’s Jaume Munar, while Ramos-Vinolas outlasted Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (8).
Hamburg European Open
No. 1 seed Carlos Alcaraz of Spain cruised into the semifinals in Hamburg, Germany, with a nearly flawless 6-0, 6-2 win against No. 7 Karen Khachanov of Russia.
The 19-year-old Alcaraz fired 21 winners against just seven errors and saved the only break point he faced during the 69-minute quarterfinal match. Up next is unseeded Slovakian Alex Molcan, who was leading 7-6 (7), 2-0 when Croatia’s Borna Coric was forced to retire.
Argentina’s Francisco Cerundulo reached the final four with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) win against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev. He will meet Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti, a 6-4, 6-3 winner against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
–Field Level Media