Ruud, Opelka advance to semifinals meeting at Geneva Open
GENEVA (AP) — Second-seeded Casper Ruud advanced to the Geneva Open semifinals in defense of his title by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Thursday.
No. 8-ranked Ruud forced the only service break in the first set of a quarterfinals match that saw only four break-point chances created.
Ruud will next face fourth-seeded American Reilly Opelka, who beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
The 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Opelka fired 14 aces and won 85% of points when landing his first serve.
The other semifinals pairing Friday is Richard Gasquet and Joao Sousa, both now ranked in the 70s and aged in their mid-30s.
Gasquet beat Kamil Majchrzak 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday and Sousa, a past finalist at Geneva, won 7-5, 7-5 against Ilya Ivashka.
The clay-court tournament is one of the last warmups for the French Open that starts Sunday in Paris.
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