Bellier in semi-finals in Mallorca, Hüsler and Ritschard in Wimbledon main draw

Where will Antoine Bellier stop in Mallorca? Coming from qualifying for the first time in an ATP tournament, the Genevan continues to gain calm and confidence over the laps. Thursday, he qualified for the semi-finals by beating the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, 53rd in the world, in three sets (5-7 7-6 6-2). Despite the loss of the first set and a double missed opportunity at 5-4 15-40 on Griekspoor’s serve, Bellier was able to hold his nerves and his first serve, his best asset in this tournament on grass.

Antoine Bellier first won the second set tie-break (7-5). Since his arrival on the largest island of the Balearic Islands, he has been particularly successful in this exercise, with five decisive games won out of five. He then shouldered in the third set, taking his opponent’s serve at 2-1 and then again at 4-2. He finished with a service winner, briefly raising his arms in the sky, fists closed and mouth closed, as if he had the feeling that he could go even further.

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He can draw inspiration from the recent example of Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven, 205th in the world and wild-card at home in s’Hertogenbosch, and finally winner of the tournament after victories over Taylor Fritz, Hugo Gaston, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev could have been Antoine Bellier’s next opponent on Friday in the semi-final. The Russian, who will not be able to play Wimbledon because of his nationality, was curtly taken out of the tournament by the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (6-3 6-2), ninth in the world in 2019 after his semi-finalist place at Wimbledon . The other semi-final will pit Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi. If he had to stop there, Antoine Bellier would be guaranteed to earn 46,000 euros and a hundred places in the ATP rankings.

Four Swiss players at Wimbledon

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This June 23 was a good day for the hopes of Swiss men’s tennis since, in Roehampton, where the qualifications for Wimbledon are traditionally disputed, the Zurichers Marc-Andrea Hüsler (ATP 104) and Alexander Ritschard (ATP 192) both won their ticket to the main draw of the venerable London grand slam which begins on Monday. A first for both.

In the third and final round, Hüsler defeated Taiwanese Jason Jung (ATP 263) in five sets. Ritschard, who had failed on the last step at Roland-Garros, for his part dominated the Croatian Duje Ajdukovic (ATP 236) in three rounds. They join in the main draw Henri Laaksonen, qualified by his classification, and Stan Wawrinka, who received an invitation.

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