Baghdatis, Almagro through to Stockholm Open semis

Baghdatis, Almagro through to Stockholm Open semis
October 19, 2012, 11:45 am
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France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns a backhand to Japan's Go Soeda in the 2nd round match in the Stockholm Open tennis tournament in the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo / Anders Wiklund / SCANPIX)

(APWF)

STOCKHOLM (AP) Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain reached the Stockholm Open semifinals by defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4 on Friday.

The 12th-ranked Almagro, a contender for a place in the eight-man ATP Finals, held off Hewitt in the second set. He broke the Australian wild card for 5-4 with a smash and held serve to seal the quarterfinal win.

Almagro will face either Tomas Berdych or Mikhail Youzhny.

Earlier, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis edged Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-3 7-6 (7-4). The 2009 champion will face either top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Sergiy Stakhovsky on Saturday.