Arthur Rinderknech qualified this Friday for his first final on the ATP circuit by eliminating his compatriot Corentin Moutet (6-1, 6-3) in the semi-finals of the Adelaide tournament.
A few days before the start of the Australian Open (January 17 to 30), Rinderknech, 26 years old and 58th in the world, thus confirmed his excellent start to the season, by winning his fifth victory in seven games.
He will try to win a first title this Saturday against the Croatian Marin Cilic or the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.
🎉 @arthurrinder qualified for his first ATP Finals in Adelaide!
Victory against 🇫🇷 @moutet99 (6-1, 6-3) in the semi-finals.
– FFT (@FFTennis) January 14, 2022
“Of course, I am very happy with this victory and to find myself in the final”, commented the player, selected for the ATP Cup disputed last week in Sydney.
Dominant on his serve, on which he only lost three points, but also on his opponent's service - he won more than half of the points in return - Arthur Rinderknech had a smooth match.
He is guaranteed to enter the Top 50 on Monday, before his first final table at the Australian Open, thanks to a controlled game, in particular thanks to an ultra-efficient first ball (90% points behind).
The only delicate moment for him, at 1-2 in the second set, he got lost in a too long discussion with the referee, while Corentin Moutet had rightly challenged a return announced as a foul.
But in the process, Rinderknech saved two break points, then he found his game, solid in return, to take the service of Moutet, who took him out of the match, ending in freewheel, without really hanging on.