ATP Tour

Vesely downs top-seeded Garcia-Lopez in Marrakech

Tennis ball (File)
Tennis ball (File)

Marrakech - Eighth-seeded Jiri Vesely beat top-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (2) Friday to reach the Grand Prix Hassan II semi-finals.

The Czech broke in the first set and kept the pressure on throughout the second, with Garcia-Lopez saving all seven break points to force a tiebreaker.

Vesely next plays third-seeded Borna Coric, who beat French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4

The 19-year-old Croat, who had 12 aces and saved seven of eight break points, beat Vesely on Dubai hard courts in February.

Also, fourth-seeded Federico Delbonis won 7-5, 6-2 against seventh-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. Delbonis next faces Spaniard Albert Montanes, who beat Argentine Facundo Bagnis 6-1, 7-5.

Delbonis leads Montanes 2-0 overall.

The semi-finalists are all looking to win their first title this year.

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