Denis Istomin overcomes Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the semifinal in Istanbul Challenger on Saturday. Istomin will play against Ugo Humbert in the final.

Score, report, and key facts

1st set.

The Uzbek won the set after he broke the Dutch in the 4th (3-1) and in the 6th (5-1) game. The Dutch tried to stage a comeback breaking in the 7th (5-2) game. However, Istomin kept the situation under control before winning the set 6-3.

The Uzbek failed to serve out the set when leading 5-1 to be broken at 15.

A crucial moment of the match was when the Uzbek won 4 consecutive games in the 1st set to change the scoreline from 1-1 to 5-1.

2nd set.

Istomin had a strong start of this set after breaking Van De Zandschulp in the 1st game (1-0). However, the Dutch found the way to come back to break Denis in the 6th (3-3) and in the 8th (5-3) game before winning the set (6-3).

The Uzbek was outplayed in the last 5 games of the set (from 1-3 to 6-3).

3rd set.

Van De Zandschulp had a boost of confidence at the beginning of the set after breaking Istomin in the 1st game (1-0). Anyhow, Istomin refused to bow to find the way to come back to break Van De Zandschulp in the 2nd (1-1) and in the 6th (4-2) game before winning the set (6-3).

1st
Istomin
Zandschulp
6-3
6
3
5
3
5
2
5
1
4
1
3
1
2
1
1
1
1
0
2nd
Istomin
Zandschulp
3-6
3
6
3
5
3
4
3
3
3
2
3
1
2
1
2
0
1
0
3rd
Istomin
Zandschulp
6-3
6
3
5
3
5
2
4
2
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
0
1

Statistics

At the end of the match, Istomin scored 93 points vs. Van De Zandschulp’s 77 points.

Istomin won this match even if he was far from perfect in converting his break points since he converted only 33% (5/15). On the other side, Van De Zandschulp was pretty focused in converting 50% of the break points that he procured points (4/8). However, that was not enough to win the contest.

After this encounter, the head to head between Istomin and Van De Zandschulp is 1-0.

Next Match: Denis Istomin vs. Ugo Humbert – stats

Istomin will fight against Humbert in the final.

There is no head to head record between Denis Istomin and Ugo Humbert since this will be the first time that they will fight against each other in the main tour.

Tennis Scores in Istanbul Challenger

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