Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Wawrinka dethrones Dzumhur to reach St Petersburg semis

Wawrinka dethrones Dzumhur to reach St Petersburg semis

The Bosnian drew first blood in the third game when Stan sent a forehand long but he couldn't stay in front for too long, with Wawrinka breaking break in the following game after forcing an error from his rival with a forehand down the line attack.

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is out of the St. Petersburg Open.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, now ranked 88th, seemed on his way for a fourth win over Klizan in as many career matches when he took the opener, but the world No. 65 fought back to seal the victory in two hours and 16 minutes, reports Efe news.

Klizan bounced back from losing the first set of their semifinal to beat Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Thiem will be aiming to win his third ATP title of this season against Klizan on Sunday, following victories on the clay in Lyon and Buenos Aires earlier this year.

Kilian plays his seventh final with an eyebrow-raising record of six titles out of as many championship matches.

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The world number eight broke three times and served 10 aces as he set up a last-four encounter with Roberto Bautista Agut. Deadlocked at 5-5 in the deciding set, Klizan broke Wawrinka with a backhand drop volley.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Dominic Thiem and fit-again Stan Wawrinka won their quarterfinal matches.

Medvedev fought back and broke halfway into the second set to pull the scores level after one hour nine minutes on court.

"I thought I played nearly flawless game in the first set and I nearly had it, but he came back".

"It was a great match from the beginning to the end", Thiem said. "The first set was easier for me, the second easier for him". The tie-break in the deciding set is always a coin flip. "I'm very lucky that I won today".

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