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Bhambri outlasts Uchiyama to reach semis; easy for Thompson

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

: India's Yuki Bhambri, the second-seed, today booked a spot in the semifinal of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament here, with a come-from-behind win over Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama.

The 25-year-old player, allowed his rival to bounce back when in sight of the first set, before regrouping to take the next two on a hot afternoon to post a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win.

Bhambri failed to convert the chances he had and allowed the sixth-seeded Uchiyama to take the first set.

He raised his game in the second with some fluent shots and broke twice to run away to a 5-1 lead before wrapping up set in 28 minutes.

The Indian number one came up with some impressive winners in the decider as the Japanese seemed to wilt and closed out the match with a forehand volley winner.

The No.111 ranked Bhambri will next meet Korea's Duckhee Lee, the third-seed, in the semifinal.

Lee posted a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over unseeded Frenchman Antoine Escoffier, who had beaten India's in the opening round.

Top-seed had things easy as he sailed into the last four when his rival of retired while trailing 4-6, 0-3.

The Australian will meet of Spain, who knocked out third-seeded of 7-5, 6-2, for a place in the final.

In the doubles, Cem Ilkel of and Petrovic shocked the top-seeded Ratiwatana duo in a thrilling three-set encounter. They will meet India's N and Vishnu Vardhan in the final.

Results (Indians unless otherwise stated): Singles quarterfinal: (Aus-X1) bt (Serbia) 6-4, 3-0 (retd); bt Yasutaka Uchiyama (Japan) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; Duckhee Lee (Korea) bt Antoine Escoffier (France) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; (Spain) bt (Egypt-X3) 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles semifinal: Cem Ilkel (Turkey)/bt Sonchat Ratiwatana/(Thailand) 7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-8; N Sriram Balaji/bt (SUI)/Saketh Myneni 6-3, 7-5.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 20:00 IST
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