Davidovich Fokina, Molleker, Berlocq, Moutet, Halys and Opelka reach semis


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Davidovich Fokina, Molleker, Berlocq, Moutet, Halys and Opelka reach semis

* Szczecin, Poland, €127,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : In the battle of the former Wimbledon junior champions, a qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina has defeated Gianluigi Quinzi 7-6 0-6 6-4 in an hour and 53 minutes for his first Challenger semi-final. Quinzi has won 11 points more than his rival thanks to a great performance in the second set but it wasn't enough for the win, scoring six breaks from eight opportunities but obviously not in the crucial moments.

Davidovich Fokina had five break points and he delivered four breaks, two in the deciding set to enter the last four. They traded four breaks in the first seven games and the opener went into a tie break after five good holds on both sides.

The Spaniard won it 7-3 after two mini-breaks but Quinzi took charge after that, winning 24 out of 29 points to storm over the second set in just over 20 minutes to set up a decider where he was the favorite now. They traded breaks at the start of the third set and nothing could separate them in the next six games before Alejandro scored the pivotal break in game nine, moving 5-4 ahead and serving for the match in the following game.

Quinzi earned a break point but it wasn't to be for him, with Davidovich Fokina converting his third match point to advance into the semis. * Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, €85,000+H (Outdoor Clay) : Two years ago, Carlos Berlocq and Pablo Andujar were scheduled to meet in the quarter-final of Banja Luka but Berlocq had to withdraw before the match due to an injury, setting the clash in the same round this week and this time the Argentinian is through to his second semi-final of the year on the Challenger Tour thanks to a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win in two hours and 12 minutes. Carlos served better and he defended his second serve in a more efficient way, losing serve twice and scoring four breaks from eight chances to dominate in the final set and book his place in the semis.

Pablo played great in the opening set, losing four points on serve and earning breaks in games seven and nine to gain a 6-3 lead. Berlocq claimed the second set with a break in the fifth game, sailing through the last three service games to grab the set 6-4 and force a decider.

The momentum was on his side now and he broke Andujar three times in the third set for a 6-1, setting the semi-final clash with the young Frenchman Johan Tatlot. * Istanbul, Turkey, $75,000+H (Outdoor Hard) : The 19-year-old Corentin Moutet is through to his second Challenger semi-final of the season after a 7-6 6-3 win over Cem Ilkel in two hours and six minutes after rain delays. Moutet scored five breaks and he suffered three breaks, gaining the momentum after a tight opening set and overpowering Ilkel in set number two to advance into the last four.

They traded six breaks in a row in the opening set before settling into a nice rhythm to enter the tie break that Corentin won 7-4 with five mini-breaks. After six good holds in set number two it was Moutet who took charge, scoring breaks in games seven and nine to prevail and stay on the title course.

* Shanghai, China, $75,000 (Outdoor Hard) : The 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic is through to his fourth Challenger semi-final of the season and the second in a row in China following a 3-6 6-3 6-1 in over Di Wu in an hour and 29 minutes. The Serb fired 14 aces and he fends off four out of five break points to keep the pressure on his rival who lost the ground after the opening set to end his run in the quarters.

The Chinese served well in the opening set and he prevailed with a break in game eight to clinch the opener 6-3 with a hold at love in game nine. The second set was similar but this time it was Miomir who had the upper hand, facing just one break point in five service games and breaking Wu at love in game four to set up a decider after a hold at 15 at 5-3.

Kecmanovic played better and better as the match progressed and he scored three breaks in the third set to sail into the semi-final. Quarter-final results:

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