Sebastian Baez completes Dominic Thiem’s ​​Bastad Run, meets Andrey Rublev in SFs | ATP Tour

Sebastian Baez advanced to his third tour-level semifinal on Friday, defeating Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in a hard-fought clash at the Nordea Open in Bastad.

The Argentine sucked up Thiem’s ​​heavy ball, and recovered from wasting a match point on the Austrian’s serve of 5-4 in the second set to finally advance after two hours and 51 minutes.

“It was such a tough match. So close,” Baez said in his interview on the pitch. “Dominic played well today and I hope to see more of him because he’s a great player, so I hope he can return to the level we know.I’m glad I won today and to stay in the tournament.

“I think we both played well today, I enjoyed the match. The tournament and the grounds are good, so I’m happy to stay here. People are so sweet, I feel comfortable. I must now recover as best I can . “

Former world No. 3 Thiem earned his first tour-level victory in 14 months when he defeated Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round before eliminating fourth-seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

However, the Austrian, who missed the second half of last season due to injury, was unable to cope with Baez’s intensity in the third set, where the 21-year-old triumphed in his first ATP Head2Head meeting against 2020 US Open champion Thiem .

Baez won his first tour title on clay in Estoril in April and is now up to No. 31 on the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. The Argentine will make his debut in Båstad and will next meet second seed Andrey Rublev.

Rublev advanced to the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Laslo Djere in the last match of the day. Djere provided strong resistance for most of the match in an hour and 35 minutes, especially in its final game.

In the end, the Serb could not break Rublev’s serve a second time after doing so to make love in his first return match. Djere created four break points as his opponent tried to serve the match, but world No. 8 stood strong to win the victory on his third match point.

Rublev is on to his sixth semifinal at tour level this season after improving his record to 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Looking for his fourth title at tour level in 2022 (Marseille, Dubai, Belgrade) he also improved to 10-0 at ATP 250 level this year.

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