ATP Next Gen Finals: Fils remains unbeaten; Stricker qualifies for semis

Fils wins his third match in a row and qualifies top of the Green group

Dominic Stricker and Arthur Fils at the 2023 ATP Next Gen Finals in Jeddah Dominic Stricker and Arthur Fils at the 2023 ATP Next Gen Finals in Jeddah Image Credit: Tennis TV

Top seed Arthur Fils, of France, remained unbeaten at the 2023 ATP Next Gen Finals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after a four-set win over Swiss Dominic Stricker in the Green group on Thursday.

Fils and Stricker split the first two sets before the 19-year-old Frenchman won the next two sets to complete the 4-2, 3-4 (3-7), 4-2, 4-3 (7-5) in one hour and 44 minutes. The victory improved Fils’ record to 3-0 in round-robin play.

“I knew before the match (that I had qualified), but I just want to win every match that I’m playing,” Fils said after his win on court. “I think I put a little bit more focus out there today than the first two days because I know this opponent and he already beat me this year. It was a tough match, but I’m really happy to win and let’s see who I get in the semi-final.”

With Stricker taking a set off Fils, the Swiss qualified in second place from the Green group. Sticker, Flavio Cobolli and Luca Nardi all finished with a 1-2 record but the Swiss advanced with the best sets winning percentage.

This is the second year in a row that Stricker is through to the semi-finals of this tournament.

In the Red group, Luca Van Assche (1-1) takes on Alex Michelsen (0-2) and Hamad Medjedovic (2-0) faces Abdullah Shelbyah (1-1) later on Thursday.

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