Harris joins Polmans in Traralgon semis
The semifinals at the ATP Challenger in Traralgon sees Australia take on Japan in both matches as Andrew Harris and Marc Polmans advance.
Andrew Harris upset third seed James Duckworth to reach the semifinal of the Latrobe City Traralgon Challenger on Friday.
The Victorian, seeded No.6, was untroubled in the 6-3 6-3 victory, ending a lengthy fortnight for Duckworth who just returned to Australia after reaching an ATP Challenger final in Las Vegas last week.
“Obviously, it wasn’t great preparation for him, but I played a very good match, probably the best I’ve played in a long time,” Harris said.
Harris, 25, currently sitting at a near career-high world No.189, is enjoying his best year on tour and will be aiming to make his third ATP Challenger final when he takes on experienced Japanese Tatsuma Ito (No.2), who overcame Max Purcell in straight sets.
“I’m really happy with how things are at the moment,” Harris said. “I just want to keep improving each day with the people around me.”
Of his upcoming semifinal opponent, Harris said, “He’s a very good player, he’s been top 100 before and he’s consistently done really well at Challenger level. If I play the way I want to play and get the match on my terms, I think I can definitely win, so I’ll go out there tomorrow and see what happens.”
Harris is joined in the last four by fellow Victorian Marc Polmans, who was able to withstand a second-set fightback from his Chilean opponent, Alejandro Tabilo, to prevail 6-1 7-5 and book a semifinal clash with Japan’s Hiroki Moriya.
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