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19

Jul

2019

Londero Overcomes Gasquet To Reach Bastad Semi-finals

Juan Ignacio Londero advanced to his second ATP Tour semi-final on Friday, beating last year's runner-up Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 at the Swedish Open.

The 25-year-old withstood 13 aces and saved seven of nine break points to reach the last four in Bastad after two hours and 51 minutes. Londero is aiming to capture his second clay-court tour-level trophy of the season after picking up his maiden ATP Tour crown at the inaugural Cordoba Open in February.

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Sixth seed Londero improves to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Gasquet, following his four-set victory against the Frenchman in the Roland Garros second round in May. The World No. 71, who owns a 17-11 at tour-level record this year, will meet Roberto Carballes Baena or Albert Ramos-Vinolas for a spot in the championship match.

Nicolas Jarry needed just 74 minutes to record his third straight-sets victory of the week. The fifth seed converted each of his four break point opportunities to defeat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4.

Jarry will meet Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the semi-finals. The 28-year-old left-hander claimed 76 per cent of first-serve points (28/37) to beat Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-5.