Medjedovic Stands Between Van Assche And The Semifinals In Jeddah


Everything seems to be in Luca Vas Ascche’s favor this Wednesday in Jeddah. Following on from Abdullah Shelbayh’s victory earlier in the day, the Frenchman is one victory over Hamad Medjedovic from sealing his early qualification to the semi-finals of the Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM.

And her destiny was on the right track when she was 1-1 in sets against Medjedovic and when she had three set points in the third set. However, the Serbian slowed down his momentum from there and won in sets 4-2, 2-4, 4-3(7), 4-1.

The tie-break in the third set was fundamental. Van Assche led 5/1, 6/4, 6/5, 7/6, but Medjedovic ended it and set the pace of the match from then on. He broke his second game in the remainder of the fourth quarter and came back from 15/40 when he served for the match at 3-1. After one hour and 48 minutes, the No. 110 won the first match between the two.

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“For sure the tie-break changed a lot of things in this match,” said the world No. 110. “He has three set points. I stayed focused on the important points. “I’m consistent, I hit the ball and I’m happy that I won the playoff.”

“I feel like my backhand today worked very well,” said the Serbian, who scored 29 winners, including 13 aces. “I have confidence playing his backhand and also his forehand. I played well on both sides.”

Coached by Viktor Troicki, former world No. 12, emerged as a strong candidate to qualify for the semifinals in Jeddah. After defeating Alex Michelsen in five sets in the debut, he raised his level even further to surprise the second seed and remain the leader of the Red Group with a 2-0 record.

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However, their qualification is still not guaranteed in a group where everyone can still qualify, even Alex Michelsen, who has a 0-2 record after losing this Wednesday to Shelbayh. Medjedovic needs to win two sets or a victory this Thursday, precisely against Shelbayh, to not depend on other results. Van Assche also needs to beat Michelsen to take his destiny into his own hands.