© J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad

Joao Sousa breaks serve five times to beat Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday for a place in the Gstaad semi-finals.

Sousa Beats Bautista Agut In Gstaad; Andujar Ends Lajovic's Streak

Ramos-Vinolas sweeps past Carballes Baena

Joao Sousa completed his second Top 20 win of the year on Friday for a place in the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad semi-finals. The fifth-seeded Portuguese recovered from 1-3 down in the third set to beat top seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and three minutes.

It was the 30-year-old’s first win over 2018 Gstaad finalist Bautista Agut since the 2015 Valencia final. Earlier this month, Sousa beat No. 18-ranked Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon second round.

Bautista Agut, who is now 29-13 on the season, highlighted by the Qatar ExxonMobil Open title (d. Berdych) in January and a run to the Wimbledon semi-finals, is currently in seventh position in the 2019 ATP Race To London for a place at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.

Sousa will next meet Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano or Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany, who will play their quarter-final on Saturday morning.

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Pablo Andujar ended the seven-match winning streak of Dusan Lajovic earlier on Friday. Seventh seed and 2014 champion Andujar, who won the first three games of the match, beat third seed Lajovic 7-6(4), 6-4 in two hours and six minutes. Last week, Lajovic lifted his first ATP Tour trophy at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag (d. Balazs).

“There were difficult moments physically and I was lucky with the break points in the first set,” said Andujar. “I am very happy to be in the semi-finals. I am happy to have so many good memories here and the people are great. I don’t have much power as some players, so the altitude helps me.”

He’ll now face fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who recorded his 20th match win of the season over countryman and sixth seed Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2, 6-1 in 76 minutes. Ramos-Vinolas, who won seven straight games from 2-2 in the first set to 3-0 in the second set, also beat Carballes Baena 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in last week’s Swedish Open quarter-finals.

Gstaad Doubles Final Set
Philipp Oswald and Filip Polasek will play in-form Belgians Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen in Sunday’s doubles final. Top seeds Oswald and Polasek knocked out Guillermo Duran and Andres Molteni 7-6(5), 7-5, while last week’s Swedish Open titlists Gille and Vliegen overcame Marc-Andrea Huesler and Jakub Paul 6-4, 6-4.

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