Thiem reaches first semi-final

Kitzbuehel - Dominic Thiem of Austria has beaten defending champion Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 7-5 to reach his first career semi-final at the Kitzbuehel Cup on Friday.

The 20-year-old Thiem, the youngest player in the top 50, will next play 2008 champion Juan Monaco of Argentina, who defeated the fourth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Both quarter-finals were moved from Thursday because of rain.

Thiem was 3-1 down in the opening set before winning 10 of the next 15 games for a 5-2 lead in the second.

He failed to serve out the match at 5-3 but broke Granollers again at 6-5.

Meanwhile, David Goffin of Belgium has rallied to beat Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 and advance to the final, his first of his career.

The 78th-ranked Goffin entered the event on a wild card.

Since losing to Andy Murray in the first round at Wimbledon, Goffin has been enjoying an unbeaten streak of 19 matches, including three challenger events he won.

Goffin dropped serve twice in the opening set but dominated play afterward, converting his fifth match point with a return winner on the 104th-ranked Argentine's serve.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Would you be keen to see the Springboks join the Six Nations?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes! The Northern Hemisphere is the future.
52% - 2401 votes
No! The Rugby Championship is still the pinnacle.
48% - 2207 votes
Vote