Tennis: Mensik, 18, follows in Alcaraz footsteps to reach first ATP final

AFP , Friday 23 Feb 2024

Czech teenager Jakub Mensik on Friday became the youngest ATP finalist since Carlos Alcaraz three years ago when he defeated French veteran Gael Monfils at the Qatar Open.

Czech Republic's Jakub Mensik celebrates after winning the men's singles semi-final match against France's Gael Monfils at the ATP Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha on February 23, 2024. Photo: AFP


Mensik, 18, followed up his quarter-final win over fifth-ranked Andrey Rublev by seeing off 37-year-old Monfils 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

At 18 years and five months, Mensik is the fifth youngest ATP finalist since 2005 and the youngest since Alcaraz went to the Umag championship match in 2021.

Mensik, who will rise from 116 in the world to inside the top 100 next week, will take on Karen Khachanov in Saturday's final.

Russian second seed Khachanov defeated Australia's Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (14/12), 6-2 in his semi-final.

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