Muller Masters Kuhn To Reach First Challenger Semis

Alexandre Muller (photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for LTA)

GLASGOW, September 20, 2019

Emil Ruusuvuori leads the semi-finals line-up at the Murray Trophy. The No. 4 seed of the €46,600 ATP Challenger event in Glasgow cruised past ninth seed Tobias Kamke from Germany, winning 6-2, 6-1.

Ruusuvuori was in total control of the encounter, as he didn’t face a break point and capitalized on four of his own four chances to advance in only 62 minutes.

The 20-year-old Helsinki native will appear in the stage of the final four for the fourth time this season and will take on #NextGen Austrian Jurij Rodionov.

The 20-year-old Matzen resident was even 12 minutes quicker than Ruusuvuori to beat Italian veteran Roberto Marcora by the score of 6-2, 6-2. “It was a very good match. My best of the week so far. I am thrilled to reach my first Challenger semi-final of the season,” Rodionov said.

Earlier on Friday, Alexandre Muller rallied from a set down to overcome Spanish teenager Nicola Kuhn 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The World No. 278 from France won 52 per cent of the total points played to reach his first semi-final on the ATP Challenger Tour.

“I am very happy today. It was a tough match. I was trying to be calm on the court, as I felt a lot of pressure on the court today,” said Muller, who experienced a tough summer when he struggled with injuries and his form. “I just tried to be positive and practiced with my coach. I had to wait to win some good matches.”

Up next for the 22-year-old Poissy native will be Ramkumar Ramanathan of India. The No. 5 seed defeated Daniel Masur from Germany 7-5, 7-6(4). Ramanathan fired 19 aces and won 81 per cent of his first-service points to secure victory in one hour and 31 minutes.