There is just one seeded singles player left in the draw when the tournament reaches quarter final stages. And In the doubles the ATP Sofia champions 2016 is the only seeded combination left for the Friday schedule. Evidence that the line up in Jonkoping has a lot of depth.
Swedish players have been one reason for seeded players and doubles teams to fall out. In singles there are two of them left. There shouldn´t be anyone feeling to chocked that Swedish number one Elias Ymer is doing well on home soil. He was a direct acceptance in RC Hotel Open and his two matches he played were against lower ranked player and this is a man for the future. A semi-final spot should be possible for the 19 year old. Qualifier and doubles specialist, Matwe Middelkoop, is in his way. More surprisingly it is to see Patrik Rosenholm in this position. He has been around for a while, once the best ranked player from Sweden. After four three set victories we don´t dare to say anything about his match up with Andrey Golubev more than that the Kazak is the more decorated player and a clear favourite. But that has been the case for Rosenholm last couple of matches, being an underdog that is…
Karen Khachanov is working hard with his coach Galo Blanco in Jonkoping. After beating top seeded Krajinovic an Italian left hander is next opponent. Andrea Arnaboldi has also deafeted a seeded player this week so who will be the unexpected semi-finalist on the top part of the draw in RC Hotel Open? Jan-Lennart Struff, seeded 3, has a real chance to reach a new challenger final. He won two titles last year at this level and opponent on Friday is Tristan Lamasine.
In doubles there is three all Swedish combinations left in the tournament. No one was expecting Markus Eriksson and Milos Sekulic to be in a semi-final in a challenger event. They have won ITF doubles tournament together but this is bigger. Beating Junaid/Marray and Brown/Struff is a great achievement. Young combination Ymer/Windahl defeated seeded opponents in the first round and mayby has a new chance today to join fellow Swedes in to the semi-final? Or will it be Isak Arvidsson and Fred Simonsson who makes the biggest upset this week in doubles? It would be if they defeat the Netherland combination of Koolhof/Middelkoop. They are not just seeded number one; they won the ATP tournament in Sofia earlier this year and now must be considered big favourites to take the title .Posted by RC Press on 11-03-16.