Tommy Haas, Fabio Fognini reach BMW Open semifinal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Munich, Germany (4E Sports) – Second seed Tommy Haas battled past Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, Friday to reach the semifinal round of the BMW Open.

The 36-year-old Haas converted three of his seven break points to prevail in just under two hours and moved within two wins from reclaiming his Munich crown.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming in here. Obviously, it’s a great feeling to get back-to-back matches in the belt,” Haas said. “Tough match today. It was very close, so happy to have pulled it out.”

In the semifinal, Haas will face qualifier Martin Klizan, who defeated Denis Istomin, 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes. The No. 111-ranked Klizan is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since April 2013 in Casablanca.

Top seed Fabio Fognini cruised into the final four, dismissing Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci, 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes. The Italian converted seven of his nine break points to claim his 25th win of the season.

The 26-year-old Fognini goes on to face Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, who fought from a set down to beat Lithuanian lucky loser Ricardas Berankis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In Portugal, top seed Tomas Berdych reached the semifinals of the Portugal Open after beating qualifier Leonardo Mayer 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours and nine minutes.

Berdych’s semifinal opponent will be Victor Hanescu, who defeated Gastao Elias, 6-1, 7-5.

Meanwhile, Carlos Berlocq beat Milos Raonic, 7-5, 6-4, to advance against Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who upset Marcel Granollers, 6-1, 6-2.

On the women’s side of the event, Carla Suarez Navarro and two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova will square off in the final.

Suarez Navarro defeated Irina-Camelia Begu, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, while former world No. 2 Kuznetsova crushed eighth seed Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-1 to arrange their clash for the title.

The 25-year-old Suarez Navarro is winless in five career WTA finals while the 28-year-old Kuznetsova is 13-19 in her title bouts and seeking her first title since 2010.

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