October 25, 2019 / 10:06 PM / 9 months ago

Tsitsipas prevails to set up Basel semi with Federer

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP 500 - Swiss Indoors Basel - St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland - October 25, 2019 Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter final match against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

BASEL (Reuters) - Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas battled back from a set down to beat Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoor championship on Friday.

The win took Tsitsipas into his 10th semi-final of the season where he will face top seed Roger Federer, who was handed a walkover after Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka withdrew before their quarter-final with a back issue.

Federer is looking to win his 10th title in Basel and his third in a row for a second time after a hat-trick of titles from 2006-2008.

Tsitsipas fired 12 aces and 38 winners in a match where both players dropped serve three times, but the Greek 21-year-old was far more effective on his second serve.

It was the 11th time this season that he had come back from a set down to win a match.

The other semi-final is between unseeded pair Alex de Minaur of Australia and American Reilly Opelka.

Wildcard De Minaur won 6-4 7-6(4) against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff while big-serving Opelka sent down 31 aces as he beat Spanish fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris

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