Thiem & Wawrinka Reach St. Petersburg Semifinals

Ruben Hill
September 25, 2018

Martin Klizan of Slovakia returns the ball to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during the St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament semi final match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 22.

Klizan, the 2012 champion, battled back from a set down to beat Swiss star Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. "I remember the match from Wimbledon, like a very tough match for me", said Muguruza, who had been the defending champion at the All England Club.

Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori moved a step closer to a first tour-level title since 2016 with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open. "It's always good to play again the same person that beat you, feeling good you did something much better than the previous match".

He responded by breaking back twice to take the opener in 32 minutes.

In the second, Wawrinka broke early and experienced few troubles.

Martin Klizan's ideal record in ATP finals will be tested by top-seeded Dominic Thiem in the St. Petersburg Open decider.

The Swiss lost just three points in his games by the end of the set and he earned the crucial break in the sixth game when he forced another error from Damir with a solid volley.

"I think it was a complete match, and I'm really happy with the high level today".

He wasted the first when his forehand landed long and Stan repelled the second with a service victor, rattling one easy service game after another to stay in front all the time. "I'm very lucky that I won today".

In the second semifinal, No. 1 seed Thiem made short work of Roberto Bautista Agut, winning 6-3,6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes.

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