Serbian Laslo Djere spearheaded the spirited run of qualifiers at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel Friday, upsetting second seed Diego Schwartzman to reach the semi-finals.
“We played twice before this, so I knew it would be a really tough match with lots of running and fighting and that is what I got today,” said Djere. “I played really good from the beginning until the end… It was a good match and I am really happy that I made it through to the semi-finals.”
Djere, who survived a third-set tie-break against 2019 runner-up Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round, backed up his straight-sets win over Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner with a 7-6(2) 6-3 win over Argentina’s No. 1 player.
The 25-year-old is trying to add to the lone ATP Tour title he won on clay at the 2019 Rio Open presented by Claro.
World No. 81 Djere will next face Yannick Hanfmann, who defeated fellow German qualifier Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 7-5.
Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler created history when he defeated Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3 to become the third qualifier in the quarter-finals. Never before have three qualifiers reached the last four of an ATP Tour tournament.
World No. 47 Miomir Kecmanovic survived Federico Delbonis’ attempt to complete an all-qualifier semi-final line-up in Kitzbühel. The Serbian saved each of the three break points he faced to overcome Delbonis 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 in two hours and 33 minutes.