Basilashvili battles back to stun Zverev in Hamburg

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No. 4 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili saved two match points and ousted second-seeded Alexander Zverev in three sets Saturday to reach the final of the Hamburg European Open. Zverev's rallying back cheered up his hometown crowd.

Basilashvili, who won his first title in Hamburg a year ago, saved 16 of the 20 break points he faced against world No.5 Zverev and converted four to seal the match in a little over three hours. He wasted a set point in 10th game before clinching on the fourth break point of a marathon 12th game.

Delbonis had hoped to take it to a third set after breaking to love when Zverev was serving for the match but the German went on to win the tiebreaker.

The 21-year-old Badosa beat another Dutch player, Arantxa Rus, 6-2, 6-1 to reach her first WTA semifinal.

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It wasn't to be for him, though, with Basilashvili forcing an error with a break attack at 5-5 for the first match point, converting it after another forced mistake from Zverev to complete one of the biggest and most grueling wins of the season.

Thiem led 4-2 in the first set and served for the opener at 5-3.

"I was born to compete and now I couldn't", Rublev said, "and that's where moments of depression came from".

Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili retained his title at the Hamburg Open on Sunday when he beat unseeded Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. "I found my rhythm and I started playing much more aggressive, changed my tactics a little bit and it all worked out". Rublev broke first in set number two, only to give away the next four games, pushing Pablo closer to victory. Rublev will next face Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who ousted third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

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