With his win, Frenchman Bonzi prevented a rare all-Dutch final as earlier in the day, the Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor ousted eight seed Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-6(4), 6-1 in the first semifinal.
Benjamin Bonzi returns to Botic Van De Zandschulp during their semi-finals in Pune yesterday (right) Botic Van de Zandschulp
A tenacious Benjamin Bonzi knocked out second seed and World No.35 Botic Van de Zandschulp in a gripping three-setter to reach his maiden ATP World Tour final here on Friday. Keeping the intensity throughout, world number 60 Bonzi prevailed over Zandschulp 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-1 in an intense semi-final of the Tata Open Maharashtra at the Balewadi Stadium. With his win, Frenchman Bonzi prevented a rare all-Dutch final as earlier in the day, the Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor ousted eight seed Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-6(4), 6-1 in the first semifinal.
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It was the first win for Bonzi in three meetings with the Dutch. “It’s a great start to the season, I did not expect that. Hope it continues tomorrow [in final]. This is a big win for me, I had not beaten him before [Zandschulp],” said Bonzi. “I will play the same in the final, it’s working well for me. In each of the three set, Bonzi went a break up but the resolute Zandschulp, with his big game, stretched the match as well as his opponent. Bonzi hit fluent serves even as Zandschulp hit some uncharacteristic high unforced errors in the beginning.
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