Tsitsipas saves two match points to reach Barcelona semi-finals

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Tsitsipas saves two match points to reach Barcelona semi-finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas seen during the quarter-final match against Facundo Diaz Acosta
Stefanos Tsitsipas seen during the quarter-final match against Facundo Diaz AcostaProfimedia
World number seven Stefanos Tsitsipas (25) saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta (23) and reach the semi-finals of the Barcelona clay-court tournament on Friday.

The Greek came through 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8) after his 53rd-ranked Argentine opponent missed a match point in the 12th game of the deciding set.

Both men then saved more match points in the tie-breaker before Tsitsipas, a three-time runner-up at the Barcelona tournament, secured a ninth successive win following on from his Monte Carlo Masters title victory at the weekend.

Tsitsipas will face either 36th-ranked Arthur Fils (19) of France or Dusan Lajovic (26), the world number 59 from Serbia, in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Casper Ruud (25), the world number six from Norway who was runner-up to Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo, eased past Italian Matteo Arnaldi (23) 6-4, 6-3.

"It is not easy. You are playing for a spot in the semi-finals," said Ruud.

"I was able to come through in the end after a few crazy rallies."

Argentinian Tomas Etcheverry (24) also booked his place in the semi-finals with a hard-fought straight sets win over Britain's Cameron Norrie (28).

Etcheverry, ranked 30 in the world, one place higher Norrie, edged a tight match 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1) and will face Ruud for a place on the final.

"I spoke to my coach last night and also my team, that I have to play aggressively to win this match," the 24-year-old Etcheverry said.

"The tie-break was key. I played really good in that part of the match."

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