Maxime Cressy serves in Newport SF, Jason Kubler saves MP to stun Felix Auger-Aliassime | ATP Tour

Maxime Cressy remains perfect on serve through two matches Infosys Hall of Fame Opened. After not facing a break in his opening win against Mitchell Kruegerthe fourth seed saved three break points on Thursday against Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals.

With a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 victory, Cressy turned the match around in a crucial three-match stretch that included the final two sets. After taking his first break chance late in the second, he saved a break point to serve out the set. Cressy broke again to start the decider and did not face a break in the final set.

“It was actually a very tough first set, a lot of nerves. Playing on center court is unbelievable,” Cressy said in her on-court interview. “[Johnson] he is a great player. He was extremely focused and sharp on his serve in the first set. I had to focus on my serve, on what I can control, and I really did, especially from the beginning of the second set.”

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Cressy managed a nervy moment as he served out the match after turning two straight double faults to turn two match points at 40/15 into deuce. However, he remained aggressive on the next two points, reaching the net in seconds of serve to advance to his third semi-final of the 2022 season.

“There’s never better practice than matches,” Cressy said of handling the pressure against the 2018 Newport champion. “I think my secret would be to play a lot of tournaments and a lot of matches. I get used to these tough times but today was extremely stressful.”

Cressy, who has reached finals in Melbourne and Eastbourne this season, moved up to 38th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings with her semi-final run. He is currently at a career-high No. 41 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, a year after entering Newport as world No. 151 last season, reaching the quarterfinals.

After this match, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jason Kubler returned to the stadium court to complete their second-round match, which was suspended due to poor light on Wednesday night with Kubler serving at 5-6 in the deciding set.

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Jason Kubler advances to his first tournament in the quarterfinals. Photo credit: Kate Whitney Lucey / International Tennis Hall of Fame

After saving a match point on serve, Kubler came from 1/3 down in the tie-break to secure a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) win, winning his first match against a Top 10 .opponent.

“I was quite nervous to be honest,” the 29-year-old said after the match. “Luckily I’ve been working so much on my serve the last few months. I’ve been thinking about everything I’ve done the last few months and that’s what gave me a little bit of confidence.”

“Just very lucky to be in this position. Today could have gone either way… Fortunately today went my way, but I’m glad I hung on and tried my best the whole time.”

Auger-Aliassime had match point with Kubler staying alive at 5-6, 30/40. In a 5-5 game on Wednesday night, the Canadian saved a break point to deny Kubler a chance to serve out the match.

While the delay made for a stressful wait, the Aussie had a similar experience Wimbledon as he faced an overnight delay before serving out his second-round victory against Denis Novak. He went on to make the fourth round at SW19, his best major result.

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“It’s definitely motivating, the last few months, the work that the team and I have been doing,” he said of his recent success, which also includes an ATP Challenger Tour title in Little Rock. “It gives me a lot of confidence that we’re on the right track. Regardless of how things went in the morning, I was still very happy with how the game went. I’m just confident that the process we’re doing is going in the right direction. ” .”

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