Andrey Rublev squandered two match points in the second set but prevailed in three sets Friday to reach the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Thursday in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The fourth-seeded Russian edged French qualifier Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (2), 6-7 (2), 6-4.
Rublev’s semifinal opponent will be Stefanos Tsitsipas, who rallied past Russia’s Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. The other semifinal will feature Croatia’s Borna Coric, a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) winner over Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals, and Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics, a 6-4, 6-3 victor over the United States’ Tommy Paul.
Rublev had two match points on Chardy’s serve at 5-6 in the second set but couldn’t convert. Rublev then won the first two points of the tiebreaker but lost the next seven in a row.
Rublev turned around the match by capturing the first four games of the third set. Though he gave back one of the two service breaks, he was able to close out the win.
Argentine qualifier Francisco Cerundolo, ranked 137th in the world, advanced to the semifinals in Buenos Aires with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over sixth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain.
Cerundolo, 22, will meet another Spaniard on Saturday. Fifth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas came from behind to top Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Top-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman beat Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar 6-2, 7-5 to reach the semifinals. His next opponent will be fourth-seeded Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, a 6-4, 7-6 (6) winner against seventh-seeded countryman Laslo Djere.
–Field Level Media