BANGKOK (AP) — Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia out-rallied Fernando Verdasco of Spain from the baseline to win 7-6 (5), 6-4 and move into the Thailand Open semifinals on Friday.
Tipsarevic set up a match with 2009 champion Gilles Simon, who won the all-French quarterfinal with Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-1.
"It was really tough but I expected it. I have played Fernando 5-6 times," said Tipsarevic, who improved to 4-2 against the Spaniard. "It's always been battles from the baseline. He made me suffer, and I ran a lot today."
He rallied in the tiebreaker from 5-2 down to tie it at 5. Then the fifth-seeded Verdasco made two forehand errors to lose the 52-minute opening set.
Tipsarevic saved several break points to hold for 4-4, broke to go ahead and won the quarterfinal on another Verdasco forehand mistake.
Tipsarevic, chasing a spot in the eight-man ATP Finals, expects a tough match with Simon.
"I have played Gilles many times. I lost more than I won," he said. "He is the previous champion here. He knows the surface. He keeps coming back every year. I'm here for the first time. I'm expecting a tough match like today."
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