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Gulbis To Play Przysiezny In St. Pete SFs; Sousa Tops Tursunov

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Sixth seed Ernests Gulbis reached the St. Petersburg Open semi-finals for the first time in seven years on Friday when he beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2 in one hour.

Gulbis, who lifted his third ATP World Tour trophy at Delray Beach in February, will next challenge World No. 112 Michal Przysiezny in their third FedEx ATP Head2Head series (also 2006, 2010 Davis Cup ties).

Przysiezny advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final after he hit 12 aces and won 84 per cent of his first service points to defeat seventh seed Lukas Rosol 7-6(7), 1-6, 6-3 in just under two hours.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy finalist, beat eight seed Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4 and will next face Joao Sousa.

Portugal's No. 1 recorded his 10th match win of the season when he beat fourth seed Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-3.

"I am really happy about this tournament," Sousa told ATPWorldTour.com. "I have been playing really good. Today, Dmitry didn’t play his best, but I am happy with my performance and I look forward to the next match. Guillermo is playing really well. I will do my best and try to win."

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Marrero/Verdasco Step Up Finals Bid
Top-seeded Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco battled back to defeat Australians Samuel Groth and Chris Guccione 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-5 in 86 minutes for a spot in their sixth ATP World Tour doubles final (4-1 overall). The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contenders are currently in eighth position in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. The duo won four titles last year.

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