Fognini Beats Haas; Kohlschreiber To Meet Hanescu In Stuttgart SFs
by ATP Staff|
He will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, currently No. 58 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who has an opportunity to reach his second ATP World Tour final of the year after Michael Berrer retired at 6-2, 0-1 in their quarter-final.
Bautista Agut advanced to the Aircel Chennai Open title match (l. to Tipsarevic) in January.
Hanescu, the 2009 Stuttgart runner-up, saved one break point in his 10 service games to beat fourth seed Paire 7-5, 6-2 in 73 minutes. Hanescu had saved two match points against Dmitry Tursunov in the first round on Tuesday.
"I am very happy to reach the semi-finals," Hanescu told ATPWorldTour.com. "I find it difficult to play against Benoit, but my attitude and my focus on the match helped me win. I was down two match points against Tursunov in the first round, but I got some luck and managed to win."
"I was shocked before the match when I heard that I had a 1-8 record against Gael," Kohlschreiber told ATPWorldTour.com. "But I changed the tactics to play a little more aggressive. I had a good start in both sets, so I am happy with the performance. It is the first time that I reached the semi-finals here."