In two matches, he hasn’t lost a single set. He even dropped only 7 little games in all to end up in the semi-finals. Adrian Mannarino made respect, without problem, his seeded rank number 3 of the Astana Open Friday against the 209th American player in the world Mackenzie McDonald, dismissed in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) and 1h40 of play while the same. He had not yet been this far in a tournament this season and had not achieved such a result since his final in Moscow just a year ago. To do as well as in Russia, he will have to get rid of Emil Ruusuvuori who made short work of Mikhail Kukushkin (6-3, 6-1) later in the day.
Fortunately for him, French tennis can count on its left-handers at the moment. After Ugo Humbert winner in Antwerp, Adrian Mannarino found his way to the semi-finals in Astana, Kazakhstan. It was expected, given his ranking (39th) and that of his opponent, but it was still necessary to confirm it on the court. And he did it with the manner.
A series of 8 games to take shelter
With his way of stroking the ball without giving it an infernal rhythm, Mannarino gradually imposed his tempo on McDonald’s. So much so that the American, without a solution, has conceded no less than 8 consecutive games between 1-1 and 6-1, 3-0 double break. Particularly effective in passing and unperturbed in the exchange, the French did not leave much space for his opponent to express himself. And despite a small drop in speed which earned him a break and games much more hooked at the end of the match, he continued to use the short crossed angles wonderfully to maintain his advantage with his left-handed slice serve in particular.
When it came to tightening the game, Mannarino was also able to lock the exchange by finding deeper and central areas to neutralize his opponent. Indoors, its atypical tennis and grazing balls always work wonders.