Sousa beats Tursunov to reach first ATP semifinal in St. Petersburg

by: AP September 20, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Joao Sousa advanced to his first career ATP tour semifinal by beating fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-3 Friday at the St. Petersburg Open.

The 89th-ranked player from Portugal broke Tursunov in the eighth game of the second set and closed out the match with a forehand down the line on his second match point.

In Saturday's semifinals, Sousa will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who upset eighth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 6-4.

Earlier, sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2. He will play Michal Przysiezny of Poland, who ousted seventh-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-3.

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