Thiem, Wawrinka reach St. Petersburg semifinals

Martin Klizan 'surprised' after huge comeback win over Denis Shapovalov

Martin Klizan 'surprised' after huge comeback win over Denis Shapovalov

Slovakia's Martin Klizan battled back from a set down to beat Stan Wawrinka on Saturday and reach the Saint Petersburg Open final.

Klizan bounced back from losing the first set of their semifinal to beat Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

"It was a great match from the beginning to the end", Thiem said. "I had some tough service games when I was 30-0 down and I always saved myself with some very good serves".

Elsewhere, top seed Kei Nishikori remains on course for his first title since 2016 after overcoming Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets at the Moselle Open in Metz.

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Austrian player Thiem came through a tough encounter against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation, firing 10 aces on his way to a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2) victory.

The three-time grand slam champion won 71 per cent of points on his first serve and broke three times to advance. Then the Swiss seemed to suddenly lose his nerve, making a catalogue of unforced errors to allowing the Slovak to break to love. In the deciding set, Klizan broke in the third game. Stan served well and he lost just 16 points in 10 service games, fending off three out of four break points he faced to keep the pressure on Damir who suffered three breaks from eight chances he gave to Wawrinka, unable to repeat what he did in Russian Federation a year ago. Serving for the set at 5-3, Wawrinka fired three winners to secure the opener, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the match.

"Stan is one of the best players in the world".

Thiem will be aiming to win his third ATP title of this season against Klizan on Sunday, following victories on the clay in Lyon and Buenos Aires earlier this year.

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