TOPSHELF OPEN 2013
Wawrinka Sets Garcia-Lopez SF Clash
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka is two wins away from capturing his first ATP World Tour grass-court title after defeating fifth-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6(2) on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
"I'm really happy," said Wawrinka. "I've played three great matches, especially today. I was really focussed, really aggressive and serving well. It was a tough match against Chardy today, but I'm really happy to get through to the semi-finals.
"The most important thing for me [on grass] is to have confidence in my game. On grass I can play really good, really fast, but you can get broken really fast and it's important to stay strong mentally."
The Swiss is playing his first tournament since reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals (l. to Nadal) and claimed his 33rd win of the season. He won the fourth title of his career earlier this year on clay at the Portugal Open in Oeiras (d. Ferrer) and is bidding to reach his first grass-court final this week.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka improved to a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Chardy as he rallied from a break down in the second set to claim victory in 75 minutes. He goes into his semi-final clash with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez with a 3-2 career lead over the Spaniard.
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World No. 78 Garcia-Lopez will look to reach his second ATP World Tour final of the season after beating Jan Hernych 6-4, 6-1. Garcia-Lopez has a 9-11 match record on the season, highlighted by finishing runner-up to Lukas Rosol in the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in April. The 30 year old is bidding for his first ATP World Tour title.
French qualifier Nicolas Mahut will face Belgium’s Xavier Malisse in the other semi-final. It will be their first meeting in seven years, when Mahut won in three tight sets on the grass of Nottingham.
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Malisse advanced to the semi-finals at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament for the fourth year in a row after beating Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in 80 minutes. The 32 year old is attempting to reach his first final since a runner-up showing at the Aircel Chennai Open two years ago (l. to Wawrinka).
Mahut saved all four break points he faced to beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 7-6(1) in one hour and 41 minutes. The 31 year old, who reached the Roland Garros doubles final with Michael Llodra two weeks ago, is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since October 2007, when he reached the final four in Metz (l. to Robredo). That year, he finished runner-up on grass twice at The Queen’s Club (l. to Roddick) and in Newport (l. to Santoro).
"It's been a good week," said Mahut. "It's my first semi-final since 2007. I'm really, really happy about that. I was injured for six months and didn't know if I could play again on the tour."
Germans Oust Top Seeds In SFs
Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich upset No. 1 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 10-4 to reach the final. Begemann and Emmrich are seeking their third team trophy.
For the trophy, the German duo will take on No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau. The Belarusian/Romanian tandem edged wild card pair Thiemo de Bakker and Jesse Huta Galung 7-6(4), 7-6(3) to move through to their fourth title match of the season (1-2).
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