For his reunion with Daniel Altmaier, Thursday in the quarter-finals in Mallorca, Benjamin Bonzi again clearly dominated the German (6-3, 6-4). The Gardois will play Friday against Stefanos Tsitsipas or Marcos Giron his second semi-final on the circuit.
Benjamin Bonzi has more ideas. On June 23, the Gardois easily got rid of Daniel Altmaier (6-4, 6-3 in 1h13), at the time to qualify for the third round of Wimbledon qualifying (reached the main draw, in the 2nd round , he then came up against Marin Cilic). Thursday, the luck of the draw and the table of the Mallorca tournament had again placed Bonzi and the German face to face, exactly a year later. Bonzi won again easily and almost by the same score (6-3, 6-4, 1h16 game) just as he only left seven games dragged on the way again for a victory obtained in three minutes more than on the grass of Wimbledon. So much for the anecdotes and statistics chapter. Because the main thing to remember is that the French number 2 since Monday (virtually 46th in the standings, he will get even closer to Gaël Monfils next Monday) will compete on Friday thanks to this fifth success on grass since the start of the grass season (he had to forfeit his quarter of final against Otte in Stuttgart) his second semi-final on the circuit after Marseille last February. On his land, the protege of Lionel Zimbler, 56th in the world before the start of the tournament (in the event of a victory, he can hope to climb to around 34th place at the ATP), had come up against (in three sets) Andrey Rublev without have to blush.
Second time in the SF!
🇬🇧 @BenjaminBonzi advances to the semifinals by beating Altmaier 6-3, 6-4, making him the first player to reach the final four.@atptour | @ATPTour_ES | #MallorcaChampionships pic.twitter.com/FhLDnSYhRR
— Mallorca Championships (@MallorcaChamps) June 23, 2022
Reunion with Tsitsipas in sight?
— ATP Tour (@atptour) June 23, 2022
This time, Bonzi is far from the city where he lives (in Aix-en-Provence to be exact) and that does not prevent him from shining (his detractors had long considered him a player only capable of performing at home or in Challenger tournaments). With perhaps in prospect for Denis Shapovalov’s knockout in the round before the remake of his first round in Halle last week. Here too, despite a very good performance (and resistance) against Stefanos Tsitsipas, swept away 6-1 in the second set by the last called up in the Davis Cup, “La Bonze” had yielded in three sets against the world number 6 (7 -6, 1-6, 6-3). “It’s been a really good week for me. I played Steph last week, I know Marcos (Giron) too, it will be up to me to find the right strategy to win, ”said Bonzi after his victory. The reigning French team champion with Stade Toulousain, who can count on the support of some French supporters in Mallorca, seemed particularly happy with his match. “I served very well and I was also very good on the break points I had to play. At 26, Benjamin Bonzi is only one victory away from his first final on the circuit.