Match report

Potito Starace ©
St. Petersburg
Quarter final
10/28/11 1 2 3 Tot
it  Potito Starace 7 2 1 1
rs  Janko Tipsarevic 6 6 6 2
Janko Tipsarevic ©
Marin Cilic ©
St. Petersburg
Quarter final
10/28/11 1 2 3 Tot
hr  Marin Cilic 4 7 6 2
it  Andreas Seppi 6 6 4 1
Andreas Seppi ©
  • Tipsarevic, Cilic reach St. Petersburg semifinals

    10/28/11 8:50 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Tournament seeds Janko Tipsarevic and Marin Cilic are through to the St. Petersburg Open final four after rallying to dismiss respective opponents Potito Starace and Andreas Seppi.

    (2) Janko Tipsarevic def. Potito Starace 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1

    World No. 13 Janko Tipsarevic made the last four, having dug out of a set deficit to oust veteran Potito Starace in three sets. The 27-year-old held 14 consecutive service games, through to a 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1 victory in two hours and 26 minutes. He completed the winning effort with 12 aces and four of nine break points converted.

    Tipsarevic will take on 7th seed Alex Bogomolov for a place in the championship final. The American defeated qualifier Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinal, 6-2, 6-1.

    (4) Marin Cilic def. Andreas Seppi 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4

    Fourth seed Marin Cilic is through to the semifinal after rallying to upend Andreas Seppi late Friday. The 23-year-old held 15 of 15 service games, en route to a 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 success in two hours and 28 minutes of play. Cilic ended the quarterfinal with 13 aces and 51 of 61 first-service points won.

    He is slated to meet 5th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the semifinals. The Russian took out Adrian Mannarino in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1.

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Yes, Cilic has beaten Youzhny again and into another final! Please Marin, this time round go beat Tipsy to win your first title this year.

luckystar , 10/29/11 3:25 PM

cilic vs tipsarevic should be a popcorn match if both play well. i give the tipsarevic due to the fact he has been in superior form of late.

tj600 , 10/29/11 5:12 PM

The Tsonga vs Delpo final at Vienna should be another popcorn match, hard to call that one. Not bad for the two 250 events this week.

luckystar , 10/29/11 5:34 PM

Cilic has the talent to beat Tipsy but...

holdserve , 10/29/11 11:07 PM

It depends on how Tipsy plays. He has been doing quite well of late, but seemed to be either ill or fatigued after he won his first title. He is capable of playing great tennis and Cilic will have to be on his game to beat him. Nice to see him getting to the semis.

Delpo vs. Tsonga? Give me a ringside seat to that one!

Nativenewyorker , 10/30/11 2:55 AM

I have just cancelled all my arrangements to be able to watch this one. It looks as if Tsonga is secure for the WTF and it would be great if del Potro could also get there - but it's looking a bit touch and go at the moment.
Lucky: You're the expert on ranking points - is he still in the running?

ed251137 , 10/30/11 4:45 AM


I checked out the ATP site for the latest rankings info on qualifying for the WTF. Delpo is #13 right now with 2050 points. Is Vienna a 250 or 500 point event? Tsonga is currently in 8th place with 2790 points. He is only 85 points behind Fish in 7th place.

Delpo can't oust Tsonga even with a win.

Where is lucky? I think these numbers should be correct, given that I obtained them from the official ATP World Tour site with updated rankings on the race for London.

Nativenewyorker , 10/30/11 5:23 AM

NNY, excellent! Am really hoping to see Tsonga at O2. Have never seen him play. I saw Delpotro beat Fed at 02 a couple of year's ago. Fed didn't play very well then, no magic, so I was quite disappointed.
Am rooting for Cilic and Tsonga today, but won't be able to watch. Boo :(

deuce , 10/30/11 7:06 AM

I think Tsonga is in decent shape. Almagro is in 9th place with 2370 points. So he has a little bit of a cushion. I am sure he would love to win Vienna! That could seal the deal. I am envious of you going to O2. Lucky you! I can imagine how exciting it must have been to see Delpo and Fed.

I would love to see Cilic get the win, but if Tipsy is recovered from whatever it was that affected him, then he could be tough. I will be definitely cheering Tsonga on against Delpo.

I am learning your lingo here. Tsonga and Delpo should be a cracker! Is that right?

Nativenewyorker , 10/30/11 7:34 AM

Delpo has already won two 250 events this year, at Delray Beach and at Estoril, so I really don't think he can add some more points even if he wins this one, unless his case is special as he started the year outside top 100. Delpo has to win all the remaining events, ie Valencia and Paris, to really have a chance and for any of Fish, Berdych and Tsonga to falter, highly unlikely.

luckystar , 10/30/11 7:44 AM

You know, sometimes it helps if you read the titles of blogs here. There is an Approach Shots one that says plain as day that Vienna and St. Petersburg are 250 point tournaments. So all that Delpo could gain is 250 points, which will not be enough to overtake Tsonga.

I still expect a great contest from these two guys.

Nativenewyorker , 10/30/11 7:45 AM

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