World No. 114 Taro Daniel overcame a huge deficit and low momentum to edge Brazil's Rogerio Sutra Silva and reach his maiden ATP semi-final. Daniel, 25, was 4-0 down in the third set of his Istanbul Open quarter-finals clash against Dutra Silva before he stormed back to earn a 1-6 6-1 6-4 win over the Brazilian.
Dutra Silva had a game point to open up a comfortable 5-0 third set lead -- but failed to convert. Daniel also saved a game point in the ninth game before he took the decisive break to open up a 5-4 lead. The Japanese then routinely served out to love in the following game to seal a ticket to the Istanbul semi-finals.
"I wasn't feeling that motivated in the third while trailing 0-4. After winning a game, I started playing better and better. I got the wind behind my back. It's amazing to make my first semi-final, but (the) toughest matches are ahead," Daniel said post-match.
Daniel will be fighting against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy for a place in the Istanbul final. Chardy beat Italian Thomas Fabbiano in straight sets on Friday 6-2 6-2. Also read: James Ward not rushing anything as he targets successful comeback