Baghdatis, Almagro through to Stockholm Open semis

Associated Press Published: October 19, 2012

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain reached the Stockholm Open semifinals by defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4 on Friday.

The 12th-ranked Almagro, a contender for a place in the eight-man ATP Finals, held off Hewitt in the second set. He broke the Australian wild card for 5-4 with a smash and held serve to seal the quarterfinal win.

Almagro will face either Tomas Berdych or Mikhail Youzhny.

Earlier, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis edged Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-3 7-6 (7-4). The 2009 champion will face either top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Sergiy Stakhovsky on Saturday.


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