BRAUNSCHWEIG, July 7, 2016
The semi-finals of the 11th edition of the Sparkassen Open in Braunschweig are set with each of the two top-seeds facing an unseeded player.
The number one of the €106,500 ATP Challenger event Thomaz Bellucci eased past Neckar Cup champion Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-4. The 28-year-old from Brazil sent down four aces, winning 70% of his first service points to advance in 67 minutes.
With Teymuraz Gabashvili, Bellucci will next face another player, who was born in Georgia. The world number 103 Tbilisi native is representing Russia now and defeated Taro Daniel 7-6, 6-1. Gabashvili saved nine of the 10 break points he faced, converting four of his own to seal victory in exactly two hours of play.
Second favourite Inigo Cervantes ousted Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-4. The 26-year-old Spaniard won 67 of the 127 total points played to prevail in one hour and 28 minutes. Cervantes will face the last standing German Tobias Kamke. The Hamburg resident got the better of Fürth titlist Radu Albot, winning 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and seven minutes.
“This was a really good match. I am pleased with my performance,” Kamke said.
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