ATP Tour

Russell into Newport semis

Tennis ball (File)
Tennis ball (File)
Newport - American Michael Russell advanced to the Hall of Fame Championships semi-finals by outlasting No 3 seed Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) on Thursday.

Russell lost the first three points of the deciding tiebreaker before rallying to reach his second career ATP semi-final. He raised both arms in triumph when Sijsling hit a backhand return long and wide.

Russell and Sijsling took centre-court after a couple of rain delays pushed back play about two hours.

Russell won the final four points of the first tiebreak, but blew a 5-3 lead in the second set.

Nicolas Mahut, a wild card from France, faced Michal Przysiezny in another quarter-final after the lengthy opener.

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