Top seed Sam Barry beat fellow Irishman Daniel Glancy 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) in their eagerly-awaited quarter-final at the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin today.
Glancy had his best opportunity to break Barry’s powerful serve in the opening game of the match, but spurned four break point opportunities and failed to create another for the duration of the contest.
Barry backed up his own hold by achieving the only break of serve in the match in the very next game.
Glancy’s serve was under constant pressure in the second set but he showed great grit and determination to save break points in three of his service games. The second set was decided by a nail-biting tie-break in which Barry prevailed on his fourth match point.
The Irish number one will play third seed Joshua Milton in the semi-finals tomorrow.
The Brit was an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 winner over Denmark’s Freddie Nielsen.
Milton broke the 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion in the seventh game of the first set and sizzled in the second set, with his potent return of serve the most impressive weapon in his armoury.
In the bottom half of the draw, Edward Corrie blitzed Adam Skalsky 6-2, 6-1.
Corrie, who played in the Wimbledon qualifiers this year, has only dropped eight games so far in the tournament and hit numerous baseline winners in his victory.
The British second seed will play Yannick Jankovits of France in the semi-finals after the fourth seed progressed past Jonny O’Mara.
Jankovits was leading 5-0 in the opening set when the Scot was forced to call time on his tournament with a calf injury.
A contrast of styles beckons in their semi-final, with Jankovits’ defensive play pitted against the aggressive style of Corrie.