The 2012 SAP Open men’s main draw singles semi finals matches will begin on Saturday 18 February at 2:30pm local time in San Jose, California. This ATP Tour 250 category tournament will have the 4 semi finalists vying for the first American ATP Tour singles title of the year, 250 ATP ranking points and $95,860 in prize money. The official tournament name is the SAP Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
Two of the three remaining seeds won their quarter final matches to advance to the semi final stage. The highest seed to be upset for the tournament was No.2 seed and former SAP Open champion Andy Roddick by the highest ranked player in the draw not to be seeded Denis ISTOMIN. Read more below about Denis Istomin who joins 19-year-old Ryan HARRISON as the unseeded players looking to knock out the seeds Julien BENNETEAU and defending champion Milos RAONIC to advance to the final.
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The 25-year-old Denis ISTOMIN is pictured above displaying an excellent head position and standing posture just after making contact with the ball during his service action. The 1.88m Istomin represents Uzbekistan after being born in Russia and still residing in Russia. The Uzbekistani achieved his career-best ranking of No.39 on 20 August 2010 and is currently ranked No.61.
Istomin achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date by making the 3rd round on three occasions, once each at at the 2009 US Open, 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2010. Istomin will be looking to equal his best career result on the ATP Tour by earning a place in the final as he did at New Haven in 2010 also on hard courts.
The 2012 SAP Open men’s singles draw for the semi finals is:
- Ryan HARRISON v (3) Milos RAONIC
- Julien BENNETEAU (6) v Denis ISTOMIN
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photo credit: Robbie Mendelson