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  • Nishikori, Baghdatis reach Brisbane semis

    1/4/13 6:12 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Nishikori, Baghdatis reach Brisbane semis Tournament seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the final four at the Brisbane International, having upended 2012 finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov. Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis is also through after beating 3rd seed Gilles Simon.

    (5) Kei Nishikori def. (4) Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6(3)

    Fifth seed Kei Nishikori is through to the semifinal following his straight-sets ousting of last year's finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov. The 23-year-old held 10 of 11 service games through an hour and 27 minutes of play. Nishikori completed the quarterfinal effort with five aces and 31 of 39 first-service points captured.

    He is slated to take on World No. 3 Andy Murray for a place in the championship final. The defending champion defeated Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 7-6(3).

    Marcos Baghdatis def. (3) Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4

    Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the final four after upending third seed Gilles Simon in straight sets. The 27-year-old Cypriot tallied 6 aces and three service breaks en route to a 6-3, 6-4 victory in an hour and 22 minutes. By virtue of Friday's quarterfinal success, Baghdatis is through to his first semi in Brisbane.

    He will take on Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the next round. The 21-year-old made the semifinal after downing 7th seed Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-2.

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