No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia defeated former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in 81 minutes on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Noventi Open in Halle, Germany.
With a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory against the 2011 champ, Rublev improved to 28-2 at ATP 500 tournaments since the tour resumed from a COVID-19 suspension in August 2020. He struck 29 winners (nine aces) to reach his sixth semifinal of the year and will face Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, a 6-4, 7-6 (5) winner over South African Lloyd George Harris.
Saturday's other semifinal pits Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime and France's Ugo Humbert, who both beat American players in the quarterfinals. Auger-Aliassime dispatched Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-2 and Humbert outlasted Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
Top-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy fired 13 aces and eliminated Daniel Evans of Great Britain 7-6 (5), 6-3 to book his spot in the semifinals at the Queen's Club in London.
Berrettini won 81 percent (38 of 47) of the points on his first serve and saved both break points he faced in the one hour and 40 minute quarterfinal. He will face No. 4 seed Alex de Minaur in the semifinals after the Australian came from behind for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win against Croatia's Marin Cilic.
In a battle of Brits, Cameron Norrie saved all five break points in a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Jack Draper. Norrie awaits the winner between No. 2 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada and American Frances Tiafoe. Play was suspended for the day after Shapovalov took the first set 6-3.
--Field Level Media