Dubai Open: Bublik moves into semi-finals, breaks into top 20 for first time

Into his third semi-final of the season, Bublik will meet either American Sebastian Korda or Russian Andrey Rublev, the second seed, next

Alexander Bublik at UTS London Alexander Bublik at UTS London Image Credit: Imago / Panoramic
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships •Quarter-final • completed
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Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, the No 7 seed, moved into the semi-finals of the Dubai Open after Jiri Lehecka retired on Thursday at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

Bublik, ranked No 23, led 6-4, 4-1 when Lehecka, ranked No 36, pulled out of the quarter-final match.

The Kazakh will play the winner of the quarter-final between American Sebastian Korda and Russian Andrey Rublev, the second seed, next.

The result takes Bublik into his third semi-final of the season and will take him inside the world’s top 20 for the first time next week.

Bublik edged out qualifier Tomas Machac (2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5)) and beat Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (7-6 (8), 7-6 (2)) earlier in the tournament.

In the previous rounds of the tournament, Lehecka edged out Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics (6-4, 3-6, 7-5) and Russian Karen Khachanov, the No 4 seed (6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-4).

Dubai ATP 500, other quarter-final matches (Aviation Club Tennis Centre, hard, USD 2,941,785):

  • Hubert Hurkacz vs. Ugo Humbert
  • Daniil Medvedev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  • Sebastian Korda vs. Andrey Rublev

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