The Canberra Challenger Nicolas Jarry Vs Maxime Janvier 2018 8th of January. Maxime Janvier in action. Photo: Dion GeorgopoulosCanberra Challenger fifth seed V??ctor Estrella Burgos is the unlikely highest ranked player heading into the semi-finals after a day of upsets at the Lyneham Tennis Centre on Thursday.
The 37-year-old from the Dominican Republic progressed after taking down former world No. 18 Florian Mayer in the a battle of the veterans on centre court.
Burgos edged out the 34-year-old in a first set tiebreak before the Mayer blitzed the second set without dropping a game but the German dropped the deciding set 6-3 to crash out of the tournament.
The task doesn’t get any easier for Burgos who now faces seventh seed and former world No. 23 Andreas Seppi in the final four on Friday.
Seppi dispatched third seed Guillermo Garc??a-L??pez in straight sets 6-3 6-4 as the Spaniard struggled to deal with the clinical power of the Italian giant-slayer.
Seppi is once again taking red-hot form into the Australian Open where he has claimed the scalps of Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios in the past three years.
In the other quarterfinal matches it was sixth seed Marton Fucsovics who ended the dream run of French young gun Hugo Grenier with a comfortable 6-4 6-4 win.
The Hungarian will battle Frenchman Maxime Janvier for a spot in the final after his impressive campaign continued with a win over countryman Elliot Benchetrit 6-4 6-2.
In the doubles number one seed Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski progressed to the final after ousting Geoffrey Blancaneaux and Benchetrit 7-6 6-3.
They’ll face either Zhe Li and Yosuke Watanuki or Jonathan Erlich and Divij Sharan for a place in the decider.
Friday: Play begins 11am at Lyneham National Tennis Centre. Free entry.
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