Zverez crashes out

In-form Dzumhur stuns world No4 in straight sets to reach Shen­zen semis

Sport360 - - Tennis Shenzhen Open/Wuhan Open - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 editorial@sport360.com

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.

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