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ATP roundup: Schwartzman rallies to reach Buenos Aires semis

Field Level Media
15 Feb 2020, 13:55 GMT+10

Top-seeded Diego Schwartzman pulled off an improbable escape Friday in his hometown, saving four match points while advancing to the semifinals of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

Schwartzman recorded a 5-7, 7-6 (11), 7-5 victory over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in a 3-hour, 41-minute marathon.

Four times in the second-set tiebreaker, Cuevas was one point from winning. Schwartzman rallied each team, finally leveling the match on his third set point.

Schwartzman went up 2-0 in the third set, but Cuevas pulled even at 4-4. Schwartzman finally sealed the match with a service break in the final game.

In the semifinals, Schwartzman will face the winner of the Friday night quarterfinal featuring Brazil's Thiago Monteiro and Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

Juan Ignacio Londero defeated second-seeded Guido Pella 6-4, 7-6 (4) in an all-Argentinian quarterfinal, and eighth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway topped third-seeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1.

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

Third-seeded Gael Monfils became the only seeded player to reach the semifinals at Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Frenchmen defeated Great Britain's Daniel Evans 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up a semifinal matchup with Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, who topped seventh-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Monfils had an 8-2 edge in aces and won 70 percent of his service points compared with 56 percent for Evans.

The other semifinal will feature Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 6-4, 7-6 (6) winner over Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene, and Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, who edged Italy's Jannik Sinner 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6). Sinner couldn't take advantage of two match points in the decisive tiebreaker.

New York Open

Taiwanese qualifier Jason Jung continued his impressive run in Uniondale, N.Y., upsetting third-seeded Reilly Opelka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.

Opelka fired 24 aces to Jung's four, but Jung saved three of the four break points he faced while converting two of his seven break opportunities.

Next up for Jung, who is ranked 131st in the world, is a matchup with the winner of the Friday night quarterfinal pitting Australia's Jordan Thompson against Italy's Andreas Seppi.

Sixth-seeded Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia moved into the semifinals with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 decision against fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France. Kecmanovic's next foe will be eighth-seeded Kyle Edmund of Great Britain, who got past South Korea's Soonwoo Kwon 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

--Field Level Media

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