Zapata Miralles Fights Into Meerbusch Challenger Semis

Bernabe Zapata Miralles (photo: GL


Bernabe Zapata Miralles is the last seed standing at the Rhein Asset Open, being held at the TeReMeer Sport and Tennis Resort in Meerbusch, Germany. The World No. 89 and top seed of the €45,730 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court event booked his place in the semi-finals with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 win over Sumit Nagal of India on Friday.

Zapata Miralles, who is trying to become the second Spaniard to lift the trophy in Meerbusch after Ricardo Ojeda Lara in 2017, converted seven of his 12 break-point opportunities and won 53 per cent of the total points played to prevail after two hours and nine minutes.

The 25-year-old from Valencia will next take on French qualifier Clement Tabur, who continued his fine run of form this week in North Rhine-Westphalia with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over No. 7 seed Mats Moraing of Germany in one hour and three minutes.

In the bottom half of the draw, Riccardo Bonadio of Italy defeated Czech young gun Jonas Forejtek 6-4, 6-3. The 29-year-old San Vito al Tagliamento native broke his rival’s serve four times to succeed in one hour and 16 minutes. Up next for Bonadio will be Dennis Novak from Austria, who beat Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-3, 6-3. The encounter lasted 70 minutes.