Dolgopolov Stops Dzumhur Run at Shenzhen Open

by John on September 30, 2017

Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open Saturday night, ending the red-hot Bosnian’s 8-match winning streak while advancing to his third final of the year. Dolgopolov, the fifth seed, will play Belgian David Goffin, seeded No. 2, in tomorrow’s final. Goffin leads the 28-year-old Dolgopolov 1-0 head-to-head, garnering a straight-sets win at the 2013 U.S. Open. Dzumhur, seeded No. 6, has been playing the best tennis of his career (18-3) over the last two months, reaching the semifinals at Los Cabos, the final at Winston-Salem and winning his maiden ATP Tour title at St. Petersburg last week. The 25-year-old Bosnian, now ranked a career-best No. 40 with the win in Russia, had beaten top seed Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals yesterday, but didn’t have enough answers against a dialed-in Dolgopolov in the second semifinal tonight. Dolgopolov served superbly, hitting eight aces, while winning 89 percent of his first service points and saving all three break points. The two cat-quick combatants engaged in numerous baseline rallies, replete with backhand slice and wicked angles. It was all very entertaining stuff. Dolgopolov captured the only breaks of the match in the fourth game of the opening set and the ninth of the second. He wrapped things up in a tidy one hour and 12 minutes. “He had an unbelievable run so I knew he was going to make me play a lot of balls,” Dolgopolov said of his opponent. “I was really lucky to serve well today.” Goffin is rounding into peak form after missing several months this summer due to an ankle injury suffered at the French Open. “I’ll try to play more aggressive maybe,” Dolgopolov said of his matchup with the Belgian. “David is for sure a solid player. It’s nice to see him back on this level. I’ll just go and fight.”

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