Dream week. Ilya Ivashka (107th) gave the surprise at the ATP 250 in Munich by eliminating the local and top contender Alexander Zverev (6th) by 6-7 (6), 7-5 and 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the tournament .
Born in Minsk, Belarus 27 years ago, he is trained by the Spanish José Checa. Their bond began in 2017 and appears to be the turning point in their career.
In 2018, he became the first Belarusian man to finish in the Top 100, since Max Mirnyi. That year he achieved an important victory against Stan Wawrinka (13th in the world at the time) to reach the semi-finals in Marseille.
Ivashka had mononucleosis in 2019 and compromised it in her season. At the beginning of that year, he played the Canberra Challenger final against Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole, current Top 20, won on that occasion in three sets.
A year earlier, Ivashka had achieved the most important triumph of his career, prior to what he achieved in Munich: defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (2) and 6-4 for the Davis Cup 2018.
The Belarusian is living a moment of glory: last week he beat Nadal a set on brick dust, beat Zverev in Munich and reached the semi-finals of an ATP for the second time in his career. He has already made sure to return to the Top 100 (93rd so far) and if he wins the tournament, he would remain in the Top 70, surpassing the best ranking of his career (80th).