Lyon Open: Mpetshi Perricard powers his way into semi-finals

Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard defeated fellow Frenchman Hugo Gaston in three sets to reach the Lyon semis on Thursday. Next up for the 20-year-old is Alexander Bublik.

Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard at Roland-Garros in 2021 Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard at Roland-Garros in 2021 (chryslene caillaud)
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In an all-French showdown at the Lyon Open, wildcard Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard defeated qualifier Hugo Gaston 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals at Parc de la Tête d’or on Thursday evening.

Mpetshi Perricard, ranked No 117, will play Kazakh Alexander Bublik, the second seed, for a spot in the title match.

The 20-year-old previously got past Italian Lorenzo Sonego (6-3, 6-4) and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka (via walkover) earlier in the tournament.

Gaston, ranked No 104, advanced to the quarters at the expense of Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan (7-6 (2), 7-6 (4)) and Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, the No 4 seed (6-2, 2-6, 6-3).

Lyon ATP 250, other quarter-finals results:

  • Alexander Bublik beat Pavel Kotov: 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Luciano Darderi vs. Arthur Rinderknech
  • Tomas Martin Etcheverry (6) beat Dominik Koepfer: 6-4, 6-1

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