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Krueger and Bergs in the singles final on Sunday

Let the weekend begin!

The singles and doubles semifinals were held Saturday at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger presented by Visit Tallahassee.

Two Americans played in the first semi-final. Mitchell Krueger and Stefan Kozlov.

Krueger broke serve early and raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opener. Krueger held on and took the first.

He looked in command midway through the second and even he admitted his energy levels dropped as he led a break at 3-2.

In the third set, Kozlov’s level of play dropped from the start and Krueger sensed an opportunity.

“It was a good time to start shooting,” Kruger said.

Kruger closed the third set and advances to the final

Calvin Hemery of France faced the defending champion of the tournament in the second semi-final. That would be Zizou Bergs from Belgium. This looked like it would be another long and exciting match, and it was.

Hemery dominated a frustrated Bergs in the first set as the court temperature hovered around 90 degrees. Bergs showed fight in the second set to make it a decisive decision.

Hemery had to stop advancing Bergs in the third set due to an injury.

Simon Fruend and Johannes Inglidsen took the doubles title in straight sets from William Blumberg and Luis David Martinez.

Saturday’s results at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

Men

Singles: semi-finals

(2) Z. Bergs (BEL) d C. Hemery (FRA) 36 64 41 Retired

M. Krueger (USA) d (WC) S. Kozlov (USA) 63 36 61

Men

Doubles: Final

S. Freund (SWE) / J. Ingildsen (DEN) d (1) W. Blumberg (USA) / L. Martinez (VEN) 75 76(4)

ORDER OF PLAY: SUNDAY,

STADIUM starts at 12.30 pm

M. Krueger (USA) vs. (2) Z. Bergs (BEL)