Canberra ACT, Australia, 2 November 2018 | Asher Packman

Jordan Thompson is the last Australian remaining in the Apis Canberra International after he defeated Queensland teen Blake Ellis to reach the semifinals on Friday.

The third seed was clinical in taking the match in straight sets, 6-3 6-1. “It’s good to keep it rolling,” he said. “Tricky conditions but I managed to get through.”

Thompson will be gunning for his third consecutive ATP Challenger final after reaching the title match in Calgary before arriving in Australia and winning in Traralgon last week. His recent form has seen him re-enter the world’s top 100, where he currently sits at No.87.

“It’s taken all year to pull some form so it’s definitely positive,” the 24-year-old said. “I’m feeling a little bit freer on court now.”

Any further local hopes were dashed on Friday with rising Spanish star Nicola Kuhn defeating Akira Santillan and France’s Maxine Janvier overcoming Victorian Jacob Grills 7-6(5) 6-4.

Traralgon finalist and number two seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan rounded out the final four by defeating his countryman Yosuke Watanuki 6-3 6-2.

Thompson will now face Janvier for a place in the final, having come from a set down to defeat the Frenchman just three weeks ago in Fairfield, California.

“He definitely can play, he’s got a high level. Hopefully I can get over the line again,” Thompson said, adding that he will be sticking to a winning game plan. “It’s been working for me lately, so I’ll try not to change anything.”

Photo: Ben Southall

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