Russian Andrey Rublev and the canadian Denis Shapovalov, second and third seed, respectively, and the South African Lloyd Harris and Aslan Karatsev, survive as contenders for the Dubai ATP 500 tournament title.
The quartet of candidates establishes the configuration of the semifinals that will have a Russian duel between Rublev and Karatsev on the one hand, and Shapovalov and Harris on the other.
They are the survivors of the quarterfinals. Rublev is on the right track that he found last year as one of the best on the circuit.
It is his fourth semifinal of a course in which he already holds a title, in Rotterdam to raise to eight the crop of successes in his career. He beat the Hungarian in two sets Marton fucsovics, 44 of the ATP ranking, by 7-5 and 6-2 in an hour and a half.
It is the third time in 2021 that Rublev has curbed the aspirations of the Hungarian, whom he has already beaten in four of the six matches they have had, including the recent final in Rotterdam.
Rublev, 23 years old, world No. 8, pupil of Spanish Fernando Vicente, has 23 consecutive games won in ATP 500, approaching Roger Federer’s record of 28, which established him between the 2014 Dubai first round and the 2016 Halle quarters, which gave him to conquer five titles. Four has the Russian in the streak that began in Hamburg 2020.
Rublev awaits his compatriot Karatsev in the semifinals, who is aiming in Dubai to reach his first final. He gave the surprise of the day by beating the Italian Jannik Sinner, 16th seed, after brilliantly culminating a comeback. He won 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 6-2 against one of the most promising players on the circuit.
On the other side of the picture, Shapovalov did not fail. The Canadian, twelfth in the world, beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in 84 minutes (7-5 and 6-4). The finalist of the Masters 1000 in Paris two years ago is aiming for the third final of his career to add his second success after that of Stockholm in 2019.
The third favorite will face the South African Lloyd Harris, without a title in his history but a finalist in Adelaide last year. The 24-year-old Cape Town player beat the Japanese Kei nishikori (6-1, 3-6 and 6-3), to regain the solidity of yesteryear.