Thiem & Wawrinka Reach St. Petersburg Semifinals

Carrie Guzman
September 25, 2018

The Bosnian drew first blood in the third game when Stan sent a forehand long but he couldn't stay in front for too long, with Wawrinka breaking break in the following game after forcing an error from his rival with a forehand down the line attack.

Martin Klizan of Slovakia returns the ball to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during the St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament semi final match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 22. "I remember the match from Wimbledon, like a very tough match for me", said Muguruza, who had been the defending champion at the All England Club.

Klizan, the 2012 champion here, won in 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 16 minutes to chalk up his first win over the 33-year-old Wawrinka in their fourth head-to-head meeting. "It's always a pleasure to play in the final". "I'm going to do my best to win the title here".

In the second, Wawrinka broke early and experienced few troubles.

Although Wawrinka, who seeks to regain top form after undergoing knee injury in 2017, created six break points he managed to convert only two, compared to Klizan's three service breaks out of four opportunities.

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In Sunday's final, Klizan will face the victor of the semi-final between top-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem and fifth-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Medvedev fought back and broke halfway into the second set to pull the scores level after one hour nine minutes on court. The world No. 8 needed just two breaks of serve, one in each set, to clinch the match.

"I was serving really good today", Thiem said. "The first set was easier for me, the second easier for him".

"I'm happy that I won this time".

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