Stefanos Tsitsipas and David Goffin set for tasty Marseille semi-final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas in action

Stefanos Tsitsipas eased past Sergiy Stakhovsky to book his place in the Open 13 semi-final where he will face David Goffin.

The Australian Open semi-finalist took just over an hour to beat the lucky loser from Ukraine 6-4, 6-3.

The top-seeded Greek broke once in each set to move into the last four.

“I know that I can play well, but the biggest challenge is to play even better match by match,” Tsitsipas said.

Third seed Goffin also produced a solid effort as he beat sixth seed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes to secure his first semi-final place since Cincinnati last year.

The other semi-final will see Next Gen star Ugo Humbert up against Mikhail Kukushkin.

Frenchman Humbert secured a 6-3, 6-3 win over German qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 20 minutes.

“The match went very well,” the 20-year-old wildcard said. “I prepared well and watched some videos. I’m very happy with my level. I didn’t let him play and was aggressive. I watched him against [Fernando] Verdasco.

“I served well, [although] I haven’t checked the percentage yet. My family is here as well, I don’t see them very often, so I’m very happy that they can be here with me.”

World No 50 Kukushkin continued his impressive run as he beat Russian Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-1.


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