Mikael Ymer Shocks Tommy Paul to Reach First Stockholm Open QF

Mikael Ymer Shocks Tommy Paul to Reach First Stockholm Open QF
Mikael Ymer plays his opening round in Stockholm. October 18, 2022. Sweden. Photo Courtesy: Stockholm Open/Jonas Borg.

In his seventh appearance at the Stockholm Open, home favorite Mikael Ymer shocks defending champion Tommy Paul, advancing for the first time to the event’s quarterfinals on Thursday evening.

World No. 79 Mikael Ymer showcased a brilliant performance on home soil to take out the eighth seed and defending champion Tommy Paul 6-2, 6-3 after one hour and 17 minutes at The Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm.

In his on-court interview, the 24-year-old said: “It’s amazing to play back at home. I had a lot of energy and played well throughout the match.

The entertaining encounter saw Ymer setting off strong, breaking Paul twice at the start of the first set to place himself up 3-0, building a 6-2 win in 32 minutes.

Having found a combination of shots proven too effective against his opponent, the Swedish looked comfortable from the get-go.

Meanwhile, Paul never really found his best tennis against the all-court player, lacking consistency and accuracy in his game.

The inspired Swede, who reached the semifinals in Florence last week, falling to runner-up J.J. Wolf, broke the American on three occasions, getting broken once throughout the first set.

Moreover, the crowd favorite was also dominant behind his serve, and although both won 50 percent of his first-serve points, Ymer’s second serve made the difference, winning 83 percent on it to his rival only 18 percent.

The second chapter of their second meeting at tour level confirmed the Skovde born-player good run of form.

At 2-2, the World No. 31 had his chance to step ahead in the score but missed two crucial breakpoint opportunities, allowing Ymer to take back control and hold to lead 3-2.

The 2021 Winston-Salem semifinalist went the distance, breaking the 25-year-old serve three times, overpowering his adversary with his trademark speed and athleticism, rounding up the set 6-3 and the match.

On Friday, Ymer will play World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who rallied to defeat American Maxime Cressy in straight sets on Wednesday.

They have faced one another four times on Tour, with the Greek emerging victorious on every occasion.

In terms of wins, the young quarterfinalist is enjoying his best season on Tour.

He kicked off his campaign on home soil on Tuesday, taking the victory over Frenchman Quentin Halys 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, fighting back from one set down at the ATP 250 tournament.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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