The Ecuadorian beat Hiroki Moria in the quarter-finals and his next match will be against Argentine Thiago Terranti.
Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez showed once again his impressive form of play on Friday. Thus, he managed to beat Japanese Hiroki Moria 6-1 6-4 and qualify for the semi-finals of Salinas Challenger 2 Copa Banco Guayaquil, a competition held at Salinas Golf and Tennis Club, without the presence of the crowd.
“Today’s first set was the hardest I’ve played this week, and I’m very happy about that, and clearly a reaction was expected from him (Moria), because he might have really felt like he was low in intensity with his shots and I felt like I was in a hurry with him a lot. The second set felt very close to the maximum, he broke my serve, but was at a very high level knowing that I had to play lines a lot and obviously had to try to keep it. It got really complicated for me, but in the end He lost a few balls as well, plus some of my strokes eventually turned into what I wanted, ”Gomez summed up after his victory that placed him among the top four tennis players in the international competition that gives the champion 50 points to the ATP players.
This Saturday, at a time to be confirmed, Guayaquil national will play Argentine Thiago Terranti to pass him to the final of the tournament.
For Gomez, this is his second semi-final this season, and if he wins, he will reach the third final on the Challengers level of his career, before he does so in Tallahassee (champion) and Monterrey, both in the 2019 season.
“I feel that I have improved as the matches go by. Last week I did not feel comfortable, but I started to work and work. My son Andres Gómez said,“ I started modifying the comeback, and today I am back a lot better. Better than today. “
Chile, Gary, eight wins
The finalists at Salinas 1 Challenger, a few days earlier, met on the same stage, Chilean Nicholas Jarry (Champion) and Colombian Nicolas Mejia, again in Salinas, this time in the quarter-finals of Challenger Salinas 2.
The victory was not desirable for Chile, before they ranked 38 in the world, who beat them 6-1, 6-2. “I think I was more precise about coming back and I managed to control the match,” said Khari, who will face Argentine Agustin Velotti in the semi-finals.
With today’s win, Gary extends his winning streak in Salinas to eight straight victories and increases his illusion of reaching another final.
It has been announced that with the latest national COE provisions, the Salinas Challenger 2 will be playing this weekend as per the protocols required by the health authorities.
According to the Challenger schedule, the four singles quarter-finals and the semi-finals of doubles were played on Friday. On Saturday, May 1, the singles semi-finals and the doubles final, and on Sunday, May 2, at 4:00 pm, the singles final.
Results on Friday, May 30, 2021
Singles, second round
Emilio Gomez (Ecuador) beat Hiroki Moriya (Japan) 6-1 6-4
Thiago Terrance (Argentina) to GC Aragon (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Nicholas Jarry (Chile) to Nicholas Mejia (Colombia) 6-1 6-2
Agustin Velotti (Argentina) to Kevin King (USA) 6-3, 6-3 (Dr)