Alejandro Tabilo’s Remarkable Journey: Reaching the ATP Masters 1000 Semifinals in Rome

Alejandro Tabilo has achieved a significant milestone, becoming the first Chilean since Fernando Gonzalez in 2009 to reach an ATP Masters 1000 semifinal.

The 26-year-old tennis sensation has captivated fans with his stellar performance at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

Alejandro Tabilo’s Remarkable Journey: Reaching the ATP Masters 1000 Semifinals in Rome

From Upsetting Djokovic to Making History

“I still can’t believe what’s happening right now,” Tabilo remarked, struggling to comprehend his extraordinary success. After defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round, Tabilo has maintained an impeccable form, propelling him to a career-high projected ranking in the Top 25 by Monday.

A Stellar Performance in Rome

On Wednesday, Tabilo continued his impressive run by advancing to the semifinals without dropping a set. As the No. 29 seed, he overpowered Zhang Zhizhen with a commanding 6-3, 6-4 victory, showcasing his consistent serve throughout the 87-minute match.

“Since November, I started getting that arm loose and just going for it. It’s been helping me a lot,” Tabilo shared with Tennis Channel’s Prakash Amritraj. “Today, I was so confident with the serve. Definitely something I’ve been improving.”

Mastering Composure Amidst Pressure

Despite his composed exterior, Tabilo admitted to the inner turmoil he experiences during matches. “To be honest, it’s just a very good poker face,” he smiled. “Inside, I’m struggling. It’s just like a battle there on its own. This week, it’s been working swinging. Normally sometimes when I get nervous, the ball almost goes to the fence.”

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A Historic Achievement for Chilean Tennis

With his performance, Tabilo has become the first Chilean in 15 years to reach the semifinals of a 1000-level tournament, following in the footsteps of Fernando Gonzalez. Reflecting on the support from his home country, Tabilo said, “From what I’ve heard from my friends, it’s been crazy over there with all the news. Definitely football is first there and then I’d say tennis comes second.”

He added, “For them, it means a lot, especially after (Nicolas) Massu, Gonzalez, and (Marcelo) Rios. It’s been one of the biggest sports… so many people there are supporting and sending good vibes. It’s been very nice, all this new exposure.”

Eyeing the Finals

Earlier this year, Tabilo celebrated his first ATP title in Auckland. Now, he stands on the brink of his biggest final yet. To reach the finals, he will face the winner of the match between Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz.

Alejandro Tabilo‘s journey in Rome is a testament to his determination and skill, marking a new chapter in Chilean tennis history. Keep an eye on this rising star as he aims for greater heights in the world of tennis.

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