Jeremy Chardy has not been able to improve his ranking since the start of the season, winning eight out of 16 matches he played before Istanbul but he has found his form in Turkey, advancing to his first semi-final since Canada Masters in 2015 following a 6-2 6-2 win over the Italian Thomas Fabbiano in an hour and 17 minutes. The 28-year-old Italian has won just 11 ATP matches prior to this week but he played well in the previous two matches, reaching his second ATP quarter-final after Chennai two years ago.
He had no chance of improving that result since Chardy controlled the pace from start to finish, losing 13 points in eight service games and saving the only break point that Fabbiano created to keep his serve intact. The Italian served at 72% but he was nowhere near those numbers, having to play against nine break points and getting broken four times.
Jeremy drew first blood in game two when Thomas sent a forehand long and he found a nice rhythm on his serve to stay away from break points or deuces. The Frenchman completed the set when Fabbiano netted a backhand to lose his serve for the second time and he broke him again in the fourth game of the second set to open a 6-2 3-1 lead.
Thomas saved two break points in game six to at least remain in contention but it was impossible for him to make a comeback, losing serve once again in game eight after a return winner from Chardy that sent him into the last four. Quarter-final results: