Baghdatis Battles Into Antalya SFs
Sugita advances on Thursday
Former World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis endured a fraught end to his Antalya Open quarter-final on Thursday. The Cypriot led 6/1 in the deciding set tie-break, and finally converted his sixth match point opportunity to beat qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-7(0), 6-3, 7-6(6) in two hours and 43 minutes.
Baghdatis is attempting to win his first ATP World Tour title since Sydney in January 2010. He opened the year by reaching the semi-finals in Auckland (l. Sousa).
Despite the loss, Ramanathan can be pleased with matching his best result at an ATP World Tour event. The World No. 222 also scored one of the biggest upsets of the year by ousting top seed Dominic Thiem in the second round.
Awaiting Baghdatis in the final four is Yuichi Sugita, who only needed 49 minutes to end the run of #NextGenATP German Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 6-0. Sugita dropped just nine points in the final seven games. The win puts the Japanese player into his first ATP World Tour semi-final.
Andreas Seppi came out on top in a tight 6-4, 7-6 quarter-final battle against Radu Albot. Seppi won 87 per cent of his first-serve points en route to prevailing in one hour and 49 minutes. The Italian has enjoyed success on grass before, reaching the Eastbourne final in 2012 (l. Roddick) and Halle final in 2015 (l. Federer).
He'll take on Adrian Mannarino for a spot in Saturday's final after the Frenchman rallied to defeat third seed Fernando Verdasco 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. Mannarino served to stay in the match at 4-5 in the second set before cruising to victory in one hour and 50 minutes. He also picked up his first FedEx ATP Head2Head win against the Spaniard in three attempts, having only won nine games in the six previous sets they had played.
Verdasco's loss means there are no more seeds remaining in the singles draw.
Lindstedt/Qureshi Save 1 M.P. For Doubles Final
Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi erased a match point to reach the doubles final over Jonathan Erlich and Nikola Mektic 6-3, 3-6, 12-10. Lindstedt/Qureshi missed a match point at 9/8, then saved one at 9/10 before advancing in one hour and 24 minutes.
They'll play second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, who moved past fourth seeds Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin 6-4, 6-4. Marach/Pavic reached their first final as a team two weeks ago in Stuttgart (l. Murray/Soares).