Lucas Pouille and Roberto Bautista Agut power into Dubai semis

Lucas Pouille

Frenchman Lucas Pouille secured his place in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships be overcoming Yuichi Sugita on Thursday.

The number two seed recovered from losing the first set to win 3-6 6-3 6-2 in just under two hours.

“I think after I lost the first set, I started to be a bit more aggressive, especially on the return,”┬áhe told afterwards.

“I was very close from the baseline, even sometimes inside the court to return the second serve. That put him under pressure and I think that made the difference.”

Pouille will play Filip Krajinovic in the semi-finals after the Serbian dropped only three games in brushing aside Evgeny Donskoy 6-1 6-2.

Third seed Roberto Bautista Agut beat Borna Coric 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 in their quarter-final to set up a last-four clash with Malek Jaziri, who saw off fellow wildcard Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 3-6 6-3.