Zverez crashes out
In-form Dzumhur stuns world No4 in straight sets to reach Shenzen semis
Top seed Alexander Zverev suffered a shock defeat to Damir Dzumhur in the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open.
The world number four was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by the Bosnian, despite holding breaks of serve in both sets.
Zverev broke Dzumhur’s serve at the first time of asking but then lost six of the next eight games to hand his opponent the first set.
Then Dzumhur, who won the St Petersburg Open last week, recovered from 4-1 down in the second set to book his place in the last four.
Dzumhur will next face fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who led Dudi Sela 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 when the Israeli was forced to retire with an arm injury.
Second seed David Goffin avoided an upset as he eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win over American Donald Young.
Goffin broke his opponent in the opening game of the match and would repeat the feat four more times to reach his fourth tour semifinal of the season.
Goffin said: “I was moving really well. I served also really well from the start. I was really aggressive. And I finished really well,” Goffin said. “I’m really happy the way I played.”
Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen ended the run of Chinese qualifier Zhizhen Zhang with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win to complete the last-four.
had to save a break point early in the third set against the world No495 before rallying to reach his first tour semi-final.
Meanwhile at the Chegdu Open, Japan’s Yuichi Sugita broke Serbian opponent Dusan Lajovic four times as he reached the semi-finals .
The world No43 will next face Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, who battled from behind for a 2-6, 7-5 7-6 (7/5) win over American Jared Donaldson.
“I started really bad in the first set,” said Istomin. “He was going great. All his strokes were working and he was serving well. In the second set I found my game and my serve. In the third set I just tried to keep going and tried to fight.”
Argentinian Guido Pella also reached the last four with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over American Taylor Fritz. The fourth quarter-final was held over due to rain, with Marcos Baghdatis leading Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 5-2.
No return: Alexander Zverev has been one of the best and most consistent players on the ATP Tour this season.