(Reuters) – Top seed Dominic Thiem and Russian Andrey Rublev progressed to the Qatar Open semi-finals in Doha after grinding out victories over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric on Thursday.
Greece’s Tsitsipas, who ousted French fifth seed Richard Gasquet on Wednesday, took the early lead in the primary set however Thiem, the one seeded participant nonetheless in rivalry for the season-opening title, fought again to win 7-5 6-Four.
“I was serving well again today and returning well. That’s what I was working on in the off-season so it already pays off now,” Thiem stated.
Croatian Coric was anticipated to beat Rublev after beating Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening spherical however the 20-year-old Russian gained 6-Three 7-5 to arrange a semi-final in opposition to Guido Pella.
Both Pella and his quarter-final opponent Mirza Basic have been shock contenders in the final eight after knocking out high seeded gamers and the Argentine world quantity 64 cruised to a 6-2 6-Three victory over the Bosnian.
World quantity 5 Thiem will face Gael Monfils in the final 4 after the Frenchman beat German Peter Gojowczyk 6-Three 7-6(6).
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, modifying by Ed Osmond