Fritz Reaches Final Four In Cagliari
The second seed, who is competing as the American No. 1 for the first time this week, struck eight aces and won 86 per cent of his first-serve points (25/29) to advance in 85 minutes. Fritz holds an 11-5 record this season and will aim to reach his first final of the year in Cagliari, following his semi-final loss at last month’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open (l. to Basilashvili).
Fritz levelled his ATP Head2Head series against Bedene with his quarter-final win at the ATP 250. The American lost his only previous match against the 31-year-old at last year’s Western & Southern Open.
Fritz will face third seed Lorenzo Sonego for a place in the final. Sonego rallied from 3-6, 3-5 down to overcome Yannick Hanfmann 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in two hours and 43 minutes. World No. 30 Fritz leads Sonego 2-1 in their ATP Head2Head rivalry, but he lost the pair’s only previous clay-court encounter at Roland Garros last year.
On the other side of the draw, Serbia’s Laslo Djere ended Lorenzo Musetti’s dramatic run in Cagliari with a fittingly dramatic 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory after a two-hour and 21-minute battle.
On Thursday, Musetti had to save four match points in a roller-coaster clash against top seed Daniel Evans to win 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(8). But he was unable to get out of trouble on Campo Centrale against Djere, who took down sixth seed John Millman on his way to the quarter-finals.
Djere saved eight of the 11 break points he faced throughout the match, and five of those came in the last game of the match as the Italian made a late comeback push. With the Serbian serving for the match, Musetti also saved three match points, but Djere prevailed on his fourth to seal a spot in the semi-finals.
He will face fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili next, after the Georgian fought past fifth seed Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 34 minutes.