Steve Darcis piles up the wins in his comeback to the ATP Tour. Thursday reached the 34-year-old, as Also the semi-finals of the tournament in the Indian Pune (hard/527.880 dollar).
Darcis defeated in the third round his Tunisian peer Malek Jaziri (ATP 45), the fourth seed. After 1 hour and 34 minutes was the 7-5, 6-2 final score on the scoreboard.
It was the fourth mutual duel between the two veterans, the first time since 2015. Darcis pulled for the third time at the longest end.
The last obstacle for Darcis on the way to the final, the Croat Ivo Karlovic (ATP 100). The now 39-year-old opslagkanon put Thursday in his semi-final the Watch Ernests Gulbis (ATP 95) to the side with 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5).
Darcis and Karlovic played just once against each other. In 2009 won the tall Croat in the 1/32nd finals of Wimbledon with a 7-5, 6-3, and 6-4.
‘Shark’ is celebrating in Pune his comeback after more than a year out was due to a lingering elleboogblessure. Monday, he tapped at his comeback, the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena (ATP 73) with 6-3 and 6-4. Wednesday defeated the Liège after a marathonpartij more than three hours the American Michael Mmoh (ATP 103) with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) 6-2. Darcis saved in that match, two match points.