Ebden stuns Khachanov to succeed in Marseille semifinals

Matt Ebden stuns No.3 seed Karen Khachanov to turn into the lowest-ranked semifinalist in match historical past in Marseille.

Marseille, France, 13 March 2021 | Vivienne Christie

Matt Ebden would be the lowest-ranked semifinalist in match historical past after an upset of former champion Karen Khachanov within the Open 13 Provence.

Ranked world No.287, Ebden shocked the world No.21 Russian with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win.

A qualifier on the ATP 250 match, the Australian has now received 5 straight matches in Marseille.

It ensures an extra push in direction of the world prime 200 for Ebden, who began the 2021 season at world No.314.

The 33-year-old Ebden utilised all his expertise in opposition to the No.3 seed Khachanov, recovering from a first-set deficit with a decisive break of serve within the fifth recreation of the second set.

He raced to a 5-1 lead with a double break of the Khachanov serve within the third set, finally closing out victory in a single hour, 49 minutes.

Ebden has now established a 6-2 match-winning file for the 2021 season, after earlier progressing to the Singapore quarterfinals. He didn’t contest any tour-level matches final yr.

The previous top-40 Australian – who pressured his willpower for an enormous season through the Australian summer season – has an opportunity to construct on his spectacular momentum when he faces Daniil Medvedev within the semifinals.

Including to a surprising week within the French metropolis, Ebden has additionally progressed to the doubles semifinal with countryman Matt Reid.

The Australian duo yesterday defeated Spaniards Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Marc Lopez 7-6(5) 6-1. They’ll face Lloyd Grasspool and Harri Heliovaara subsequent.


Males’s singles, quarterfinal
[Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) d [3] Karen Khachanov [RUS] 4-6 6-4 6-2

Males’s singles, quarterfinal
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Matt Reid (AUS) d Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)/Marc Lopez (ESP) 7-6(5) 6-1


Males’s singles, semifinal
[Q] Matthew Ebden (AUS) v [1] Daniil Medevedev [RUS]

Males’s doubles, semifinal
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Matt Reid (AUS) v Lloyd Grasspool (GBR) and Harri Heliovaara (FIN)

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