Antwerp, Belgium, 24 October 2020 | Leigh Rogers

Antwerp, Belgium

Australia’s Alex de Minaur has charged into the final four at the European Open.

The world No.29-ranked De Minaur needed only 58 minutes to defeat American qualifier Marcos Giron in the quarterfinals.

De Minaur posted a dominant 6-3 6-0 victory, dropping only 10 points on serve against the No.94-ranked Giron.

Advancing to his first ATP singles semifinal of the season, De Minaur next faces fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov. The 29-year-old Bulgarian progressed via a walkover from Canadian Milos Raonic.

Dimitrov won his only previous meeting with De Minaur, in the US Open fourth round last year.

De Minaur’s winning streak has ended in doubles, beaten in the quarterfinals alongside fellow Aussie Matt Reid.


Men’s singles, quarterfinals
[8] Alex de Minaur d [Q] Marcos Giron (USA) 6-3 6-0

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d [A] Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Matt Reid (AUS) 6-3 4-6 [10-4]

Coming up:

Men’s singles, semifinals
[8] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v [4] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

Men’s doubles, semifinals
[2] John Peers (AUS)/Michael Venus (NZL) v [A] Pablo Andujar (ESP)/Sander Arends (NED)

Cologne, Germany

Australian duo Max Purcell and Luke Saville have been beaten in the semifinals of an ATP tournament in Cologne.

Purcell and Saville were attempting to reach their first tour-level final since a stunning run to the Australian Open championship match earlier this year, however lost to the more experienced Roger Klaasen and Ben McLachlan.

The South African-Japanese combination did not drop serve in their semifinal clash.


Men’s doubles, semifinals
Roger Klaasen (RSA)/Ben McLachlan (JPN) d Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) 7-5 6-4