Having lost his singles semi-final earlier in the day, Kyle Edmund had some consolation when, alongside Frederico Ferreira Silva, reached the semi-finals of the Boys’s Doubles with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Clement Geens (Belgium) and Noah Rubin (US).
It was a below par first 20 minutes for the top seeds as they found themselves 5-3 down following an early break from the No.6 seeds. But they came alive in the ninth game. A classy forehand volley from Edmund set up a break point which was neatly executed with a forehand winner by Silva, pulling the score back to 5-4. Some solid holds from both pairs ensured that the opening set went to a tie-break. A crunching backhand return by Edmund secured a 5-1 lead and they eventually took the breaker 7-3.
The second set proved to be far more comfortable for the 2013 French Open junior doubles champions. An immediate break and some composed holds of serve put them into a commanding position and they eventually serving out the match. Edmund and Silva will now face the unseeded Enzo Couacaud and Stefano Napolitano in the last-four.
Nick Kyrgios, the No.1 seed in the boys’ singles event, and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis took apart the No.5 seeds Yoshihito Nishioka and Jorge Brian Panta in straight-sets 6-3, 6-2 on Court 18.
Since making the Australian Open final earlier this year – losing to his doubles partner Nick Kyrgios in straight sets – Kokkinakis has barely played a match due to a stress fracture in his back. However, the Australian pair took the first set, despite going down to an early break of serve while hitting fewer winners and playing more unforced errors. Nishioka and Panta were then unable to prevent the Australians from racing into a 5-2 lead in the second set and found themselves on the wrong end of some ferocious serving from Kokkinakis, who eventually served out the match to secure a semi-final place.
It was Italy against Germany on Court 5 as two unseeded pairs came head-to-head in an enthralling encounter. It was the Italians Filippo Baldi and Matteo Donati who took the first set after a combination of an early break of serve and some errors by Johannes Haerteis and Hannes Wagner.
For Baldi, this quarter-final match represented his best outing in a Grand Slam to date and it looked to be getting even better as the Italians broke serve early in the second set earning themselves a 3-1 lead. But, the unseeded Germans were not about to roll over, breaking back almost immediately to force a tie-break. Despite a missed volley opportunity by Baldi, the 17-year-old struck a crisp cross-court backhand return sealing a 6-3, 7-6(7) victory and a semi-final tie with Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.
Couacaud and Napolitano had to come back from one-set down to earn a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against the Australian duo Jay Andrijic and Bradley Mousley on Court 5 and a place in the last-four.
Their Australian opponents took the first set in style, combining some resolute holds of serve with aggressive returning. However, the Italian/French pair responded well in the second set, showing some of the form that saw them reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year. That form continued in the third set as they broke serve early before serving out the match with minimal fuss.
20:24...But boy, it was a barrow-load of fun. I hope you enjoyed it even half as much as we did. Thank you for all your messages throughout, you've been the glue holding us together as the edges frayed amid the madness. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for us Brits to raise a toast to Andy Murray and Fred Perry. British sporting legends both.
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