The Associated PressMONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Former champion Tomas Berdych reached the Open Sud de France semifinals, saving two match points in a 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 win against Filip Krajinovic on Friday.
The two players were meeting for the first time on the ATP Tour and made it a contest to remember.
It looked as if Berdych was going through in straight sets when he went a break up in the second set. But Krajinovic, a Paris Masters finalist in 2017 after a surprising run from the qualifying rounds, broke back, took the tiebreaker and then led 5-4 and 40-15 in the third. Berdych, who is unseeded at the tournament he won in 2012, then turned the match around.
The 33-year-old Czech next faces seventh-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, who beat third-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). Berdych beat Herbert in their only previous meeting, earlier this year in the quarterfinals of the Doha Open.