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ATP roundup: Alexander Bublik beats Andy Murray to reach Newport semis

Jul 1, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Alexander Bublik (KAZ) returns a shot during his match against Frances Tiafoe (USA) on day five at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Third-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan advanced to the semifinals of the Infosys Hall of Fame Open by posting a 7-5, 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday at Newport, R.I.

Bublik held a 12-2 edge in aces and won 80.5 percent of his first-serve points while avenging a defeat to Murray in Stuttgart last month. Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Great Britain, won 71.4 percent of his first-serve points.

Bublik will next face Jason Kubler, who advanced with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) win over fellow Australian James Duckworth, the No. 8 seed. Kubler has seven aces to Duckworth’s five.

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No. 8 seed Sebastian Baez of Argentina outlasted Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Bastad, Sweden.

Baez won 77.8 percent of his first-serve points while dispatching Thiem, who is still rounding into shape after a long absence due to a wrist injury. Baez will next face second-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev, who posted a 7-5, 6-4 win over Laslo Djere of Serbia.

Fifth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over third-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. Carreno Busta’s semifinal opponent will be Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo, who beat Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 6-1.

–Field Level Media