Jordan Thompson defeats Dominik Koepfer, advances to semifinals of the LG&T Challenger


After shaping into what turned into a beautiful day weather-wise down at Rec Park, day 5 of the LG&T Tennis Challenger was in full swing.

Play was jam-packed yesterday to try and get the tournament caught up with so many rain postponements.

And finally, things did get back on track.

The first match of the day featured the seven-seed, Lloyd Harris taking on the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Cornell’s Alafia Ayeni.

The winner advances to the quarterfinals to face the two-seed, Marcel Granollers.

Despite the 18-year old’s best effort, Harris was able to take care of Ayeni in straight sets, both by a score of 6-3.

That match was followed by one that began yesterday, and was heading for a decisive third set.

Laurynas Grigelis took the first set 6-2, before Alejandro Gomez responded to win the second 6-3.

Gomez found himself up 4-2 in the final set, however, that lead slipped away.

Grigelis would battle back and take the third set 6-4.

That sets up a quarterfinals showdown with the fifth-seed, Darian King.

King took care of Daniel Evans in straight sets to advance to the quarters.

Following match, and the top seed, Jordan Thompson, looking to be the first to advance into the semifinals.

He squared off with ninth-seeded Dominik Koepfer.

Koepfer gave Thompson everything he could handle in the first set, but Thompson would still win the set 6-4.

Then, Thompson took it up a notch in the second and ran away.

He cruised to a 6-1 win in the second, and took the match in straight sets.

Afterwards, Thompson spoke about how it felt being able to advance to the semis, and more importantly, to be able to win quickly in straight sets.    

“It’s great. It’s been a rough week with the weather. Playing two matches yesterday, that was pretty tough. Then, to come out and win in straight sets today, it made it easier on my body. Less court time, so that definitely helps,” Thompson said.

So now Thompson gets some rest until tomorrow when he faces the winner of the Grigelis-King match.

The semifinals of both the singles and doubles will be played Saturday, with the finals set for Sunday. Of course, all weather-dependent.

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