Bangkok, Thailand (Sports Network) - Top seeds Janko Tipsarevic and
Richard Gasquet were a pair of quarterfinal winners Friday at the $551,000
Thailand Open tennis event.
The Serbian Tipsarevic got past fifth-seeded Spanish left-hander Fernando
Verdasco 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, while the French Gasquet topped eighth-seeded
Australian Bernard Tomic 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 on the hardcourts at Impact Arena.
Tipsarevic saved seven-of-nine break points faced against Verdasco en route to
his 50th win of the season.
"It was really tough but I expected it. I have played Fernando 5-6 times,"
said Tipsarevic, who improved to 4-2 against Verdasco. "It's always been
battles from the baseline. He made me suffer, and I ran a lot today."
Tipsarevic's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be former Bangkok champion
Gilles Simon. The fourth-seeded Frenchman whipped fellow countryman Gael
Monfils 6-4, 6-1 on Day 5.
Simon titled here in 2009.
One other quarter saw seventh-seeded Finnish southpaw Jarkko Nieminen upend
third-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). The big-serving
Raonic popped eight aces, but was unable to break Nieminen in their 1-hour,
The 2010 Bangkok runner-up Nieminen will face Gasquet in Saturday's other
semi. Gasquet is 3-1 all-time against Nieminen, but the Finnish lefty won
their last meeting in 2010.
The 2012 winner of this $551,000 tournament will collect $99,465.
The Sports Network