Tommy Paul Stands as the Only Seeded Player to Reach Queen's Club SFs
Tommy Paul playing the cinch Championships quarterfinals at the Queen's Club in London, UK. June 21, 2024. Photo courtesy: cinch Championships.

World number thirteen Tommy Paul stands as the highest-ranked player to make it through the semifinals at the cinch Championships for the first time in his career at the Queen’s Club in London on Friday.

Fifth seed Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda, Lorenzo Musetti, and Jordan Thompson punched their tickets into the 2024 cinch Championships semifinals at the ATP 500 contested at the Queen’s Club grass courts on Friday.

Contesting in his 34th career quarterfinal, the second on grass in consecutive weeks, Paul battled past Stuttgart’s reigning champion and local favorite Jack Draper, earning a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory after two hours on Center Court.

The British No. 1 stunned defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets on Thursday to move into the last eight, achieving his biggest career win.

However, his run was cut short by Paul’s performance; the 27-year-old fired 30 winners to 13 unforced errors, converting three of four break-point opportunities.

Courtside, he outlined: “I played good tennis, and I like the grass. I knew today was going to be a battle. It is never easy against Jack; he has been playing such good tennis. I am really happy to get through that one.”

The American, the highest-ranked player left on the cinch Championships draw, set a back-to-back all-American clash against Korda, an opponent he fell to at the Libema Open quarterfinals last week.

The world No. 23 fought back from a set down to overpower Australian Rinky Hijikata 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 after two hours and 11 minutes, returning to the last four in London for the second straight season.

In-form Korda, 23, leads the two-time ATP title winner 4-1 in their series.

The other semifinal will feature Italian Musetti against Los Cabos champion Thompson, who ousted fourth seed Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 19 minutes.

The Aussie did not face a lone break point across the encounter, which he dominated behind his serve, winning 78 percent of the first serve points, progressing to his fifth career semifinal on the grass surface at tour level.

The Sydney-born and the world No. 30 met once on Tour, a match the 22-year-old from Carrara won in Adelaide early in January on the hard courts.

Meanwhile, Musetti saw out his quarterfinal contest against tournament revelation wild card Billy Harris with a 6-4, 7-5 win in one hour and 39 minutes.

In his on-court interview, Musetti assessed his match against Harris, outlining: “I started really well breaking him on his first game on his serve.

It was really tough to break him because he was serving a good percentage of first serves, but I always stayed focused.

I saved break points - I had a few where I missed my chance, but in the end, I was really paying attention to every detail, and I didn’t shake. I served probably the best game of my entire tournament, so I’m really happy to be in the semis here.”

World number 162, Harris delivered a brilliant campaign throughout the week on home soil, halted by the Italian player.

The British player advanced to his first ATP 500 quarterfinal by beating Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 6-4 7-5 on Thursday, recording his third win on the Tour at age 29.

Cecilia demartini
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