Italian Open: Alejandro Tabilo makes it to first ATP 1000 semi final after beating Zhang Zhizhen in two straight sets

Alejandro Tabilo beats Zhang Zhizhen in two straight sets to make it to his first ATP 1000 semi finals and makes history once again. A dream run for the Chilean so far.

Aiman Sharma
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The Italian Open has come down to the playoffs and we have seen a lot of young performers this season. This has been a tournament that has given us a lot of surprises and it has been a great so far with a lot of surprising players in the scene. There have also been some surprise packages who have impressed us in this ATP 1000 tournament. This has given us a glimpse of what the game of tennis can give us.

The match in the first quarter final game of the tournament between Alejandro Tabilo and Zhang Zhizhen. These two players have surprised everyone by reaching the playoffs among some of the best players in the world. While Zhang beat a higher seeded player in Ben Shelton who was one of the best players from the United States of America and Tabilo has beaten World number 1 Novak Djokovic and high seeded player in Karen Khachanov. 

Tabilo wins the darkhorse clash

This was really a match to look out for and see how these two dark horses compete against each other. It was Tabilo with his accurate winners and counter attacking style of play that took the first set comfortably scoring 6-3. This had put the Chinese under pressure straight away. The second set was the same story where Zhang Zhizhen was once again on the back foot and had lost the second set to the Chilean who was looking in great form in the game throughout.

This is officially the first time Tabilo has made it to a ATP 1000 semi final and he will be wanting to continue this great form going forward. He is just two steps away from winning his first title in Rome and has proven himself to be a worthy competitor. He will still have some tough matches coming up and it will be great to see how he handles the pressure. All we can say it has been one of the greatest stories of the Italian Open.

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