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By Tennis Now | Monday, January 11, 2021

 
Jeremy Chardy

Alexander Bublik fired 12 aces surprising top-seeded Matteo Berrettini 7-6(6), 6-4 to set up an Antalya Open semifinal vs. Jeremy Chardy.

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Alexander Bublik and Jeremy Chardy both staged spirited rallies to set up a semifinal clash in Antalya.

The eighth-seeded Bublik lifted his level from 3-5 down surprising top-seeded Matteo Berrettini 7-6(6), 6-4 to advance to the Antalya Open final four.

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Timely serving sparked Bublik. The man from Kazakhstan cracked 12 aces and saved five of six break points in a 90-minute victory.

The 46th-ranked Bublik will face Chardy, who has been a tie break titan this week, for a spot in the final.

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For the second straight match, Chardy held his nerve prevailing in a tense third-set tie breaker.

This time, the 33-year-old Frenchman fought off match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie breaker edging fifth-seeded German Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(8).

Chardy, who subdued third-seeded Fabio Fognini in three tie break sets to reach the quarterfinals, squandered a 4-1 third-set lead today. Then the veteran battled through a pressure-packed tie breaker prevailing in two hours and 36 minutes and leveling his head-to-head series with Struff at 3-3.

No. 2-seeded David Goffin broke serve four times sweeping Stefano Travaglia 6-3, 6-2. Goffin, who has permitted just seven games in his last two matches, meetings Alex de Minaur for a spot in Wednesday's final.

The fourth seeded de Minaur saved three of four break points in a 6-2, 6-4 decision over sixth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili

 

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