Facing each other for the first time on the Tour, the 8th seed Alexander Bublik defeated the top seed Matteo Berrettini 7-6, 6-4 in Antalya in an hour and 30 minutes. Bublik fired 12 aces, won six points more than Berrettini and fended off five out of six break chances to keep the pressure on the other side of the net.
Matteo suffered two breaks and lost ground in the decisive moments to push Alexander into the first semi-final since February last year. The better-ranked player grabbed a break in the encounter's first game following a smash winner at the net and held at love to open a 2-0 gap.
Serving at 1-3, Alexander fended off two break points to remain within one break deficit before Matteo served for the set at 5-4. Suddenly, the Italian lost ground and sprayed a forehand error to suffer a break and lose momentum.
Berrettini led 4-2 in the tie break before Bublik bounced back and converted the third set point thanks to a backhand crosscourt winner at 7-6 that gave him a massive boost. The Italian couldn't find easy points from the initial shot at the beginning of the second set, saving three break chances in games one and three before the Kazakh secured a break at 2-2 when his opponent placed a backhand wide.
Berrettini missed a massive opportunity to pull the break back in the next game, in his last push of getting back on the positive side. Serving at 5-4, Bublik placed an ace down the T line to seal the deal and advance into the semi-final, celebrating the second top-10 triumph.
The 2nd seed David Goffin has played well so far in Antalya, enjoying a lovely day at the office and beating Stefano Travaglia 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes.
Alexander Bublik, David Goffin and Alex de Minaur reach semis.
The Belgian lost 13 points in nine service games, suffered one break and stole 52% of the return points, enough for four breaks from 11 opportunities.
Goffin grabbed the first break at 1-0 with a return winner and seized the fifth opportunity at 4-1 to secure another return game and move further in front. Travaglia broke Goffin in game seven to prolong the set before David held at love in game nine with a service winner to secure the set 6-3.
Stefano barely one a point on the return in set number two, and David stole his serve in games three and seven to forge the lead before moving over the top with a forehand winner at 5-2. The 4th seed Alex de Minaur took down the 6th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes, saving three out of four break points and stealing the rival's serve four times to control the scoreboard and secure a place in the semis.
In by far the most extended encounter of the day, Jeremy Chardy prevailed over Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in two hours and 36 minutes. The final set lasted for almost 80 minutes and Chardy had to save two match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie break, passing those obstacles and winning the breaker 10-8 to move over the top and remain on the title course.