For his first ATP 250 tournament, in San Diego, Constant Lestienne is in the quarter-finals. The Amiens challenges this Friday evening the Briton Daniel Evans, 25th in the world.
It’s the other tennis match of the evening… While the spotlight is on London’s O2 Arena for THE match, – the last of the career of Roger Federer, doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup -, in California, the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 tournament from San Diego. With Constant Lestienne. 76th in the world, the former player of TC Amiens Métropole and Amiens AC will face the top seed No. 1 of the tournament, Daniel Evans.
On the surface he prefers – hard outside – his 1st round was however complicated, since he passed two points from elimination during a 2h42 match won 5-7 7-6 (5) 6 -3, at the expense of the American Brandon Holt, holder of a wild card (and son of the former world No. 1 Tracy Austin). Then the player with the meteoric rise in the summer made the 2nd round easier. Opposed to the No. 6 of the tournament, the Chilean left-hander Alejandro Tabilo (70th in the world), Constant Lestienne succeededwinning 6-1 6-3 in just over an hour.
Against a player who eliminated him qualifying for the last Australian Openthe Amiens even took brilliant revenge, committing only 9 unforced errors and converting 5 of his 8 break points. Stats also and above all in marked improvement compared to his entry into this ATP tournament, the first where he was able to be directly admitted to the final table by his ranking.
It is therefore with nothing to lose and even with everything to gain that Constant Lestienne is attacking Dan Evans tonight. The Englishman, two years his senior, was exempt from the first round. He qualified for the quarters by defeating the Japanese Taro Daniel, 95th, 6-4 6-4. This is his recovery tournament, after rather disappointing results this summer, beaten in the 1st round of Wimbledon and in the 3rd round at the US Open, interrupted by a quarter in Washington. While the Samarian has won 24 of his 28 games for three months.
This quarter-final is also an opportunity to reunite for two players who have already faced each other once: at the challenger tournament in Quimper, at the start of 2019. It was in the 2nd round and the Englishman had qualified in 3 rounds, after 2 tie breaks and 2h30 on the court. This bodes well for a match that could turn into an epic duel, in the sun of the Californian Pacific coast… but in the shadow of the farewell of the man with 20 Grand Slam titles.
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