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Wawrinka beats Rublev; Medvedev, Norrie, Fritz also reach Diriyah Tennis Cup semis

The Swiss scored a win over Rublev in three sets while Medvedev defeated Zverev in straight sets

Stan Wawrinka at the Swiss Indoors in Basel in October 2022 Stan Wawrinka at the Swiss Indoors in Basel in October 2022

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka became the first player through to the semi-finals of the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia with a three-set win over Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

The Swiss will next meet another Russian – Daniil Medvedev – on Friday for a place in the final.

Wawrinka, a former world No 3 but currently ranked No 149 in the world, rebounded from the loss of the first set to beat world No 8 Rublev 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 10-6 with the third set bring played as a super tiebreak.

Earlier in the day, the Swiss had defeated Matteo Berrettini 5-10, 10-4, 10-6 (the pre quarter-final matches were played as best of three super tiebreaks only).

Medvedev, Norrie, Fritz join Wawrinka in Diriyah Tennis Cup semis

In the second quarter-final of the Diriyah Tennis Cup on Thursday, Medvedev got off to a fast start to win the first set 6-0, and then rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in the second to complete the win 6-0, 6-4.

This was Zverev’s first tournament since his horrific ankle injury during the French Open semi-finals which later required surgery.

Britain’s Cameron Norrie also reached the last four with a 6-4, 6-4 win over top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Norrie had defeated Australia’s Nick Kyrgios earlier in the day.

The left-hander will meet American Taylor Fritz in the semi-finals after the American defeated Hubert Hurkacz 7-6, 7-5 in the final quarter-final of the day.

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