Andrey Rublev 'thrilled' after making maiden Halle semifinal

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Andrey Rublev 'thrilled' after making maiden Halle semifinal

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev was extremely happy with the way he performed on the grass courts of Halle on Friday. Rublev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, beat home favorite Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4) 6-2 to reach his first Halle semifinal.

Rublev had the lone break point of the first set in the sixth game but failed to convert. As no breaks were seen -- the first set had to be resolved in a tie-break -- in which Rublev recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a tight opener.

After losing a tight first set, Kohlschreiber's game fell apart as Rublev claimed two breaks and lost no service games to book a straight-set win. “I am happy with my performance to reach the semi-finals for the first time,” said Rublev, who hit 29 winners to book a place in his sixth ATP Tour semi-final of the year.

“The first set was really tough. He was 3/0 up in the tie-break and I came back, which was the key. After the first set, I think he mentally went down and I was pumped up. I hit a couple of good returns in the first game of the second set”.

Rublev plays Nikoloz Basilashvili next

Georgian tennis star Basilashvili beat rising South-African star Lloyd Harris to progress into the Halle semifinal. Basilashvili, ranked at No. 30 in the world, beat Harris 6-4 7-6 (5) to set up a Rublev semifinal.

The first break points of the match were seen in the 10th game of the first set, when Basilashvili realized his second set point to tin the opener. Harris saved three break points in the second game of the second set but also failed to convert a break point in the following game.

Harris claimed his first break of the match in the ninth but failed to serve out for the set in the 10th game. Harris paid the price for failing to serve out for the set as Basilashvili won the tie-break to book a straight-set win.