Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
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Top seed Thiem to face Klizan in St Petersburg final

Top seed Thiem to face Klizan in St Petersburg final

Ranked 166th in the world, the 31-year-old Bachinger rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against the U.S. Open semifinalist.

Muguruza will next face Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic, who defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

"I was serving really good today", Thiem said.

"Of course I want to win this title. If I win it will be my first ever indoor title and it means a lot to me".

Austrian player Thiem came through a tough encounter against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation, firing 10 aces on his way to a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2) victory.

On his own serve, Wawrinka did not even allow Klizan to reach deuce until the sixth game of the second set.

"I expect an interesting match with Klizan in the semis", Wawrinka said. Then the Swiss seemed to suddenly lose his nerve, making a catalogue of unforced errors to allowing the Slovak to break to love.

Although Wawrinka, who seeks to regain top form after undergoing knee injury in 2017, created six break points he managed to convert only two, compared to Klizan's three service breaks out of four opportunities.

"Stan is one of the best players in the world".

"It would mean a lot to me if I could win my first indoor title because then I'd have on every surface, which would be awesome to me", Thiem said.

Klizan has won all three prior meetings with Thiem, with all three matches going to three sets. Wawrinka quickly broke but 29-year-old Slovak produced the deciding break in the 11th game to win the set and the match. "It's always good to play again the same person that beat you, feeling good you did something much better than the previous match".

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