The rotating lotto arena gives first preference to Javier Malis…

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On Thursday, Harris qualified for the first time for the quarter-finals in singles of the ATP tournament, the European Open (hardcourt/508,600 euros) in Antwerp. South Africa’s 32nd in the world and seventh seed in Scheldt City registered a 1 hour and 10 minute tennis 6-2 and 6-4 win over German Jan-Lenard Struff (ATP 50) in the first meeting of the day. .

“I played a solid game without making a mistake,” said Harris, who is followed by Malise as coach. “I was focused on my serve and I knew it would give me opportunities. Confidence is important in tennis and having it gives you a huge advantage. I hope to build on that confidence for a long time to come.” Will be able to,” the South African continued. Last season, Harris was also in the quarter-finals in Antwerp. He was then knocked out by the later winner Frenchman Ugo Humbert.

Harris, who defeated Zizo Bergs (ATP 186) in the first round, will fight in the last eight with Hungary’s Marten Fuskovics (ATP 39), who knocked out Spain’s Roberto Bautista (ATP 20) from the tournament later on Thursday. “Marten is a fine player who has been making a mark for years. It will be a formidable opponent. I have to be in good shape,” said Harris. The 29-year-old Hungarian and the 24-year-old South African will face off for the third time. Harris won in Chengdu in 2019, but Fuskovics retaliated with a win in Doha this year.

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Harris entered the duet on Thursday evening, along with Malise, one of her two trainers. On Wednesday he qualified for the quarterfinals. Thus the legend of Kortrijk won his return to the tennis circuit after retiring eight years ago.

“We have had good moments here and we had a good time. Javier played as usual, as if he is still in the top 100″, explained the South African. “He still plays very smoothly and can still rely on his technique. We click well, We understand each other both on and off the field. His presence on my staff taught my game something.

Hunters on duty in the first round of doubles were Australian Matt Reid and Monegasque Romain Arnedo. In the second round, he faced doubles specialist Ivan Dodig and first seed Marcelo Melo. And they were also beaten up. After a spectacular double match full of spectacles, it went 6-4, 3-6 and 10-7.

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This gives Harris and Malis, who returned to the city of Scheldt after retiring eight years earlier, a spot in the last four. In their semi-final, a clash awaits with Dutch Wesley Koolhof and third seed Jean-Julien Roger. This match will take place on Friday.

In the second semi-final, Ukrainian-Kazakh tandem Denis Molchanov and Alexander Nedoviusov will face second-seeded French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Fabrice Martin.

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“I Feel Old, But Also Happy”

Javier Malise, 41, accepted a wildcard from the European Open to play doubles “for fun” with his pupil Lloyd Harris. Suddenly he reaches the semi-finals of the doubles of the only ATP event to be held in Belgium.

“I feel old, but also happy,” Javier Malis said after the race. “Happy to be a part of his team with Lloyd. And it’s also fun to play for the Belgian audience. It’s a long time ago for me, I have so many memories of it. It’s good to relive those moments, it’s great.” It’s a great feeling.”

“He doesn’t play like an old man, though,” said 24-year-old Lloyd Harris. “He played incredibly well, so I have to convince him to get back on track. It was a special match.”

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