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Frances Tiafoe battles hard against Egor Gerasimov on Friday in Nur-Sultan.

Tiafoe Moves Into Nur-Sultan Semi-finals; Millman Saves 2 M.P.

Paul holds two match points at 5-3 in the deciding set

Frances Tiafoe booked a place in his first ATP Tour semi-final for two-and-a-half years on Friday at the Astana Open, an ATP 250 tournament in Nur-Sultan.

The 22-year-old American improved to 9-10 on the season with a hard-fought 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-5 victory over Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in two hours and 35 minutes. Tiafoe last reached a tour-level semi-final (or better) en route to the Millennium Estoril Open final in May 2018.

Earlier this month, Tiafoe lifted the fifth ATP Challenger Tour trophy of his career at the Internazionali di Tennis Emilia Romagna in Parma (d. Caruso).

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Tiafoe will next meet fourth-seeded Australian John Millman, who completed a remarkable comeback to advance to his first ATP Tour semi-final since October 2019, when he reached the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships final (l. to Djokovic).

Millman saved two match points at 3-5 in the deciding set and recovered from 0/5 down in the third-set tie-break to complete at 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Paul in two hours and 51 minutes.

The 23-year-old Paul, who reached the Adelaide International semi-finals (l. to Harris) in January, hit a double fault at 5-3, 40/30 and a forehand long at Ad-In in the third set.

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