Quer­rey fights back to reach semi-fi­nal

The Herald - Sport - - TENNIS -

SAM QUER­REY came from a set down to knock out sec­ond seed Gilles Si­mon and reach the semi-fi­nals of the Ae­gon Open yesterday.

French­man Si­mon had won four of his pre­vi­ous five meet­ings with the big-serv­ing Amer­i­can and looked on course to record another vic­tory early on in Not­ting­ham.

But 12th-seeded Quer­rey fought back from los­ing the first set and, aided by 26 aces, over­came the chal­lenge of Si­mon 5-7, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in just over two hours.

Quer­rey is now the only seed left stand­ing af­ter No.4 Leonardo Mayer was also sent crash­ing out at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage, beaten by De­nis Is­tomin.

Ar­gen­tinian Mayer had been pushed hard by Jiri Ve­sely in the last 16 be­fore win­ning through 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5) but he could not re­peat the feat in another hard-fought clash against Is­tomin.

Mayer ac­tu­ally fash­ioned a match point but Uzbek­istan’s Is­tomin sur­vived be­fore go­ing on to claim a 6-3, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (8/6) tri­umph.

Is­tomin, who saved all seven break points as he held off Mayer, will next face Cypriot Mar­cos Bagh­datis, who had a much eas­ier time ear­lier on against Si­mone Bolelli, knock­ing out the Ital­ian 6-4, 6-4.

The 30-year-old Bagh­datis has yet to drop a set at Not­ting­ham and beat top seed David Fer­rer of Spain in the sec­ond round.

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