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Resurgent Thiem upsets top seed Hurkacz to make Antwerp semis, plays Korda next

The Austrian saved three match points in the second set

Dominic Thiem Mao / Panoramic

Austrian Dominic Thiem upset Pole Hubert Hurkacz, the top seed, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (4) to reach the semi-finals of the European Open at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp on Friday.

Thiem, ranked No 132, saved three match points in the second set. He will face American Sebastian Korda next.

“This victory especially is unbelievable because it’s my first victory over an almost-Top 10 guy in my comeback process,” Thiem said, quoted by the ATP Tour website. “It was unbelievable to play, a great atmosphere and a great match.”

Earlier in the tournament, the Austrian won against Belgian wildcard Michael Geerts (6-4, 6-0) and edged out Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, the No 6 seed (6-1, 1-6, 7-5).

Hurkacz, ranked No 11, defeated Jack Draper (7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-1) in the previous round of the Antwerp Open.

Antwerp ATP 250, other last eight results (Lotto Arena, EUR 648.130, most recent results first):

  • Daniel Evans vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime
  • Richard Gasquet vs. David Goffin
  • Sebastian Korda beat Yoshihito Nishioka (8): 6-0, 6-2
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