Kremlin Cup: Richard Gasquet into last four, boost to his ATP World Tour Finals hopes
Top seed Richard Gasquet will play Ivo Karlovic in the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup.
Last Updated: 28/10/13 10:04am
The Frenchman, who is top seed at the Moscow event, saw off the last Russian left in the draw, Teimuraz Gabashvili, 6-3 6-2 to set up a semi-final date with Croat Ivo Karlovic.
"I made an early break and it was very important as I was in control after that," said Gasquet.
"In general I played well. I was a little bit more aggressive than yesterday. I served well and didn't miss much."
Gasquet is currently 50 points outside the final qualifying spot for the season-ending tournament in London but, with 250 points available to the Kremlin Cup winner, he still has a chance to catch Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Karlovic was a 6-4 6-0 winner against 17-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, the first time he has won a set to love in his 432 matches on the ATP Tour.
Second seed Andreas Seppi will take on Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin in the other semi-final.
Italian Seppi was leading 5-2 in the opening set when Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who strained his neck during the warm-up, retired from their quarter-final.
"From his first service game he couldn't serve normally," said Seppi. "I never like to win like this but sometimes it happens."
Kukushkin prevailed 6-4 7-6 (7/4) against his compatriot Andrey Golubev.
Meanwhile, in the doubles, Liverpool brothers Ken and Neal Skupski reached their first ATP Tour final together with a 6-3 5-7 10-7 victory over Russians Victor Baluda and Konstantin Kravchuk.