Quentin Halys manages to surprise the Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 series in Estoril. The Frenchman will face Ruud or Báez in the semifinals.
The moment of the third quarter-final at the Estoril Open. Dominic Thiem He wanted to return to the semifinals on clay for the first time since Kitzbuhel 2022. The Austrian had just beaten compatriot Sebastian Ofner and American Ben Shelton to qualify for this event. The competitor was French Quentin Halysa hard-hitting tennis player who had just routed locals Nuno Borges and Roberto Bautista in straight sets.
The first clash between both players.
Halys advances to the semi-finals in Estoril
The game started evenly, bat at a time, with high-quality exchanges at the base of the field. Halys showed incredible stability, especially on the backhand, against Thiem, who was playing on the margin. The Frenchman made the first break of the match in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead in a game that eluded Dominic. The former Top 3 himself would have two chances to get the break back quickly, but two good bids saw the Frenchman escape unscathed. The one who added another break was Halys, with increased confidence and looking very high on the scoreboard, in a development that was not so uneven. The Frenchman did not hesitate and signed a big 6-1 in the first set.
Again a steady start, albeit with Dom, who now began to feel the pressure of the result. After an unforgettable service game, including an unforced volley error from the Austrian, the Frenchman broke again for a 3-2 lead. The former US Open champion tried to keep his composure, but he faced a very aggressive opponent in his service turns. At the time of the match, one of the most even games of the set arrived. Frustrated, Thiem hit a series of unforced errors, Halys sealed his victory with a 6-4 final.