No. 4 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili saved two match points and ousted second-seeded Alexander Zverev in three sets Saturday to reach the final of the Hamburg European Open.
Basilashvili, the defending champion, won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) against the German, who is ranked No. 5 in the world.
The Georgian fought off two match points down 3-5 in the third set. He hit a forehand winner and put away a shot at the net to rally to win the game on his serve. He then broke Zverev’s serve to help force the tiebreak.
Basilashvili will meet 21-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev, who battled back to beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Rublev won 11 of the match’s final 13 games.
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Second-seeded American Taylor Fritz staved off an upset bit from Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie and advanced to his second career final with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory.
Fritz was broken just once, midway through the second set, and saved the only other break point he faced. He also had 15 aces, wrapping up victory in 100 minutes.
The 21-year-old will be looking for his second title after winning at Eastbourne earlier this year.
In the final, Fritz will face third-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia, who prevented an all-American matchup by outlasting Reilly Opelka 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-3. Opelka racked up 28 aces and saved seven of nine break points faced, but he didn’t create a single break point in the 2-hour, 32-minute match.
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Spainard Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat countryman Pablo Andujar for just the second time in eight meetings to advance to the final in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Ramos-Vinolas, who hasn’t dropped a set in winning four matches this week, won 7-6 (3), 6-4 against the seventh-seeded Andujar, the 2014 champion of the event. Ramos-Vinolas, 31, will be going for his second ATP Tour title, having won in Bastad, Sweden, in 2016.
He will face 28-year-old German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in an all-lefty final. Stebe reached his first ATP final by beating No. 5 seed Joao Sousa of Portugal 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, breaking serve seven times in the final two sets.
Stebe entered the week ranked 455th in the world and without a win on the ATP Tour since September 2017.
—Field Level Media