by Helen Earnshaw |
Viktor Troicki booked his spot in the semi-final of the Sydney International as he saw off the challenge from Richard Gasquet.
The Serb is the fifth seed at the warm up tournament to the Australian Open, which begins on Monday, and looked in fine form as he reached the final four.
It looked liked it was going to be a straight forward victory when Troicki found himself a set and a break up as Gasquet struggled to deal with the powerful play of his opponent.
But the Frenchman dug deep in the second set and it became a contest as Gasquet levelled the match at 4-4.
But Troicki had no intention of going the distance and he broke Gasquet for a second time before sealing a 6-4 6-4 win.
Speaking to the ATP after the match Troicki said: “I thought I had the match under control. He just started playing better than he did in the beginning.
“He was raising his game and started playing some really great shots. I realised that I had to also raise my game and try to overpower him.
“Luckily I did a good job, and at the end I broke him and served it out. So it was a tough one.”
He will now face Florian Mayer for a spot in the final as the German enjoyed an emphatic win over Potito Starace.
Mayer needed just sixty five minutes to wrap up an impressive 6-4 6-1 win for the loss of just five games.
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