Stan Wawrinka crashes out in Sofia Open semi-final
Mirza Basic v Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (8/6) 6-4

Stan Wawrinka crashes out in Sofia Open semi-final

10/02/2018

Top seed Stan Wawrinka crashed out of the Sofia Open following a straight-sets semi-final defeat to qualifier Mirza Basic.

Switzerland’s Wawrinka was continuing his comeback from knee surgery in Bulgaria and he dropped an evenly-matched opening set on a tie-break.

The three-time Grand Slam champion looked to be battling back as he broke Basic for the first time early in the second set but he lost the final three games, including two on his serve, to give his Bosnian opponent a 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 success.

World number 129 Basic will now face Romanian Marius Copil in Sunday’s final after he saw off qualifier Jozef Kovalik earlier in the day.

Copil, who had knocked out top-five seeds Robin Haase and Gilles Muller en route to the last four, also wrapped up a straight-sets victory, albeit in more comfortable fashion.

He broke Slovakian Kovalik in the first game and then won five of the opening six games of the second set en route to a 6-4 6-2 victory which puts him into his first ATP World Tour final.

Elsewhere, there was also a last-four exit for the top seed at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier as Richard Gasquet and Lucas Pouille set up an all French final.

Three-time champion Gasquet defeated Belgian number one seed David Goffin 6-4 0-6 6-3 in Saturday’s opening semi-final to reach the final of the competition for the sixth successive year.

There has been a Frenchman in the final of the tournament every year since its inception in 2010 and the continuation of that record was already assured with Pouille facing compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semi-final.

World number 17 Pouille struggled progressed after Tsonga was forced to retire due to injury while leading 6-1 5-5.

There will be an all Spanish final at the Ecuador Open following semi-final victories for Roberto Carballes Baena and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Carballes Baena came from a set down to beat fellow qualifier Andrej Martin 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Quito and reach his first ATP World Tour final, before compatriot and second seed Ramos-Vinolas defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-4.

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