Defending Champ Ramos-Vinolas Continues Cordoba Hot Streak | ATP Tour | Tennis

The Cordoba Open continues to be a cheerful looking floor for Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who superior to his third straight semi-final on the ATP 250 on Friday. The third-seeded Spaniard — champion in 2022 and finalist in 2021 — defeated Joao Sousa 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 within the quarters, his second three-set win of the week in Argentina.

Ramos-Vinolas additionally received the primary and third units in opposition to Dusan Lajovic on Thursday earlier than repeating the feat in opposition to Sousa.

“I think I just played a little bit better in the third set,” he mentioned after enhancing to 6-2 in his ATP Head2Head in opposition to the Portuguese. “I missed a little bit less and I was a little bit more controlling the ball, and because I controlled more the ball I was able to be a little bit more offensive with my forehand.”

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In a match filled with break probabilities, Ramos-Vinolas was an environment friendly five-of-nine on his alternatives, whereas Sousa may solely convert on 4 of 10 break factors. Ramos-Vinolas confronted only one break level within the deciding set, which he saved at 4-1.

The 35-year-old will subsequent face sixth seed Federico Coria in Saturday’s semis after the Argentine moved previous countryman and second seed Francisco Cerundolo, who retired with a leg damage whereas trailing 3-6, 0-3.

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