Next Gen ATP Finals: semifinals set in Milan

Published by Bede Briscomb

The Next Gen ATP Finals are set. (Getty Images)
Top two seeds Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex De Minaur will face Andrey Rublev and Jaume Munar respectively at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

The semifinals are locked in at the Next Gen ATP Finals.

No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will play fifth seed Andrey Rublev while No.2 seed Alex De Minaur is set to face Jaume Munar, the sixth seed from Spain.

Tsitsipas remained undefeated in Milan with a 4-1 4-3(3) 4-1 victory over Pole Hubert Hurkacz on Thursday in 62 minutes.

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De Minaur also kept his unbeaten record alive at the Next Gen event after defeating American No.4 seed Taylor Fritz 4-3(8) 4-1 4-2 to top Group B.

“Whenever I step on court, I want to leave 150 per cent out there and today was no different,” De Minaur told

“I’m really proud of my effort and I’m looking forward to what’s next.”

The Australian, who is the youngest player in the field, had already guaranteed himself a semifinal spot yet fought hard to keep his flawless record intact.

“I just had to dig deep. I was down and out there and I managed to scrap my way with a couple good returns and a couple long rallies,” he said.

“I managed to get that one cheap point and was able to serve it out, so that first set was crucial.”

Andrey Rublev, who was a finalist at the tournament in 2017, downed Italian wild card Liam Caruana 4-3(7) 4-1 4-2.

“My attitude, I think, was the best attitude out of these three matches. I was focused. I was not complaining. I was trying to fight for every point because I know that every point for me costs a lot,” Rublev said after his win.

The Russian has never played Stefanos Tsitsipas on tour before.

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Jaume Munar upset American No.3 seed Frances Tiafoe 4-1 4-3(3) 4-1 for his first win at the Next Gen Finals.

“I felt like I was a good tennis player out there today, so this is important for me. At least I will live with that sensation,” he said.

The world No.76 has never faced Alex De Minaur.

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