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Montrealer Gabriel Diallo storming up the ATP rankings

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Earlier this month, he was No. 665th on the earth. He can crack the highest 400 on Saturday if he wins his semifinal in Granby.

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Montrealer Gabriel Diallo is profiting from his wild-card entry into the $50,000 ATP Nationwide Financial institution Granby Challenger.

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Diallo, a 20-year-old senior on the College of Kentucky, battled his approach into the semifinals Friday with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Aziz Dougaz of Tunisia. It was the second consecutive victory for Diallo in a third-set tiebreaker. He edged seventh-seeded Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany on Thursday

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When the 6-foot-7 Diallo gained a first-round qualifying match on the Nationwide Financial institution Open earlier this month, he was No. 665 within the ATP rankings. His win Friday boosted him to No. 443 and he can crack the highest 400 with a win Saturday over ninth-seeded Hiroki Moriya of Japan. Moriya defeated fifth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5.

Whereas Diallo is accumulating factors, he’s not accumulating any money. Semifinalists on the ATP 50 degree earn about $2,500 U.S, however he can’t settle for prize cash with out jeopardizing his school eligibility.

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The opposite semifinal pits sixth-seeded Juncheng Shang of China towards U.S. qualifier Aidan Mayo. Shang upset third-seeded Jordan Thompson of Australia 7-5, 6-4 and Mayo upset Tenth-seeded Nicolas Mejia of Colombia 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

The ultimate of the WTA 250 Nationwide Financial institution Championships of Granby will characteristic a battle of  the Darias.

Prime-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia will face ninth-seeded Daria Saville, who was born in Russia however now calls Australia residence.

Kasatkina breezed previous Diane Parry 6-2, 6-0 in a semifinal Friday. Saville acquired a free go to the ultimate when Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine bowed out with a shoulder harm after beating Canadian Rebecca Marino in a quarterfjnal match Thursday.

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