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Tsitsipas beats Khachanov to reach Rotterdam semifinals

Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from a break down in the deciding set to beat Karen Khachanov and reach the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Friday.

Seeded second, the Greek player was 3-1 down in the third before breaking back and beating Khachanov 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Tsitsipas is seeking his first tour title since February 2020.

His win set up a semifinal against fourth-seeded Andrey Rublev, who was pushed hard by qualifier Jeremy Chardy in a 7-6 (2), 6-7 (2), 6-4 win.

Russia's Karen Khachanov plays a shot against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in their quarterfinal men's singles match of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

Chardy saved two match points at 6-5 down in the second set. In the decider, Rublev sealed the win with his 15th ace on his fourth match point. Rublev is aiming to reach his first final of 2021 after going 5-0 in tour finals last year.

In the other half of the draw, Borna Coric or Kei Nishikori will play Tommy Paul or Marton Fucsovics in the semifinals.

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Russia's Andrey Rublev celebrates winning against France's Jeremy Chardy in three sets, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, in their quarterfinal men's singles match of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

France's Jeremy Chardy plays a shot against Russia's Andrey Rublev in their quarterfinal men's singles match of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)