South African qualifier Lloyd Harris fired 14 aces while beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
The decisive third set was on serve until Harris broke for a 5-3 lead, and he served out the match in the ensuing game.
Harris, who is ranked 81st in the world, is in search of his first career ATP Tour title. His semifinal foe will be third-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.
The other semifinal will feature an all-Russian matchup of second-seeded Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev. Rublev topped Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-2, and Karatsev rallied past 16th-seeded Italian Jannik Sinner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.
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Second-seeded German Alexander Zverev became the first player to reach the semifinals in Acapulco, Mexico, and he didn’t have to contest a point. Eighth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway withdrew due to a right wrist injury sustained in warmups, giving Zverev a walkover victory.
Zverev will face German countryman Dominik Koepfer in the semifinals. Koepfer beat Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-4.
Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece needed more than two hours to win his quarterfinal match, a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over seventh-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada. Tsitsipas next will oppose Italian qualifier Lorenzo Musetti, who defeated fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 7-6 (3). Musetti needed seven match points to complete the upset.
(Field Level Media)
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