Boca Raton resident Sebastian Grosjean is very happy to be through to the semi-finals at the BMWTC for the first time. “You don’t have the points like you have on the regular tour, but you know you have the wins against really good players here,” he said after today’s quarter-final win over Potito Starace. “So now there’s two more matches to play and to win so I think all the players want to win the tournament now.”
Of today’s win over Italy’s number two player, he said, “I played a really good match. Starace is a great player, he’s really dangerous when he’s taking the point with his forehand. I tried to be close to the baseline, to play deep and come in a little bit more to the net, and I won a lot of important points at the net, that helped me a lot to win.”
The first set was a 6-1 breeze for Grosjean, but Starace jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the second, closing that one out 6-3. The third set started with a pair of service breaks, but then Grosjean got into a groove, spicing up his game with a mix of baseline winners, slices and volleys. Serving at 5-3, Grosjean lured the Dutchman into the net with a drop-shot, then hit a brilliant passing shot to close out the match.
“I served well but I think I served a little bit better yesterday,” Grosjean said. “It was a little bit more wind today so, but I was happy the way I played you know I was aggressive on the court, I tried to come to the net and not give him the opportunity to be aggressive, and it works. I played him only once, at the French Open and he beat me like a couple years ago. I mean he’s a good player, he’s got really consistent results, he’s maybe better on a clay court but he’s really dangerous and plays well on a hard court that’s not too fast, so I think it’s a good win.”
Tomorrow afternoon the Frenchman faces Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who won the event in 2004. “I think it’s going to be different because he’s a lefty, and he’s a strange player, he comes to the net, hits the drop shot, he’s a really great player to watch,” Grosjean said, “and I will need to be aggressive also, and don’t let him dictate the point. Jurgen is a great player, always do well on a hard court, and even on clay, so it will be a tough match, he wants to win but I also want to win. So it’s going to be an interesting match.”