Berdych on course, Thiem crashes out

Tomas Berdych reached the semifinals at Shenzen Open with a victory in three sets over Jiri Vesely, while in the Chengdu Open, Dominic Thiem was defeated by Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-4.

Published : Sep 30, 2016 22:59 IST

Tomas Berdych is the top seed at Shenzen Open.
Tomas Berdych is the top seed at Shenzen Open.

Tomas Berdych is the top seed at Shenzen Open.

Defending champion Tomas Berdych survived a second-set scare to book his place in the Shenzhen Open semifinals with a last-eight victory over Jiri Vesely.

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The top seed clinched the opener on a tie-break, before being pegged back by his fellow Czech to set up a decider. But Berdych recovered to clinch the third in convincing fashion and come away with a 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-2 victory, setting up a clash with Thomaz Bellucci.

The Brazilian claimed the scalp of fourth seed Bernard Tomic, winning 6-2, 6-2, while Richard Gasquet saw off qualifier Mischa Zverev in two hard-fought sets, prevailing 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2).

Gasquet will now face Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Malek Jaziri 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

Thiem falls

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The biggest upset at the Chengdu Open came as top seed Dominic Thiem fell to Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-4. Third seed Grigor Dimitrov awaits Ramos-Vinolas in the semifinals, while Karen Khachanov and Viktor Troicki will contest the other last-four clash following victories over Feliciano Lopez and Kevin Anderson respectively.

World No. 101 Khachanov has been on a fine run, having seen off seventh seed Joao Sousa in the first round before sending fourth seed Lopez packing on Friday.

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