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Tursunov Reaches Sixth QF Of Season, Next Plays Sousa

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Fourth seed Dmitry Tursunov advanced to his sixth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk on Thursday at the St. Petersburg Open. Tursunov, who has risen from No. 125 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of 2012 to No. 34, lost just one of his service points in the second set.

Tursunov will next challenge Joao Sousa, who reached his second quarter-final (also 2012 Oeiras) with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky, who hit 10 aces.

"The courts here are slower and the balls are heavier, which might create additional difficulties, having in mind that Sousa likes to have marathon rallies," said Tursunov.

Sixth seed Ernests Gulbis struck nine aces and converted three of his 12 break point opportunities to beat Jurgen Zopp 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Gulbis reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final here in 2006.

"I was a bit too excited today," he said. "I understand that I’ve got a good chance to win the tournament. All my opponents up to the final have a lower ranking than me, so I am regarded as the stronger player in every match. Sometimes I just want to win as soon as possible, hence the nervousness."

Gulbis goes on to face Roberto Bautista Agut, who saved one match point in his 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(5) victory over Evgeny Donskoy

Seventh seed Lukas Rosol overcame wild card Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4, while top seed and last year’s runner-up Fabio Fognini retired due to right foot pain when trailing Michal Przysiezny 3-6, 3-5 0/30. 

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Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Contenders Reach Doubles SFs
Top seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, who are currently eighth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, knocked out wild cards Victor Baluda and Kravchuk 6-4, 7-6(8) for a place in the semi-finals. Samuel Groth and Chris Guccione knocked out fourth seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek, the 2011 semi-finalists, 6-3, 3-6, 10-4.

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