Battling Berdych makes Montpellier semis

Former champion Tomas Berdych battled through to the Open Sud de France semi-finals the hard way, saving two match points in a 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-5), 7-5 victory against Filip Krajinovic.

The two players were meeting for the first time on the ATP Tour, and made it a match to remember on Friday.

It looked as if Berdych was going through in straight sets when he went a break up in the second set.

But Serb Krajinovic, a Paris Masters finalist in 2017 after a surprising run from the qualifying rounds, broke back, took the tiebreak and then led 5-4 and 40-15 in the third.

Berdych, who is unseeded at the tournament he won in 2012, then turned the contest around.

The 33-year-old Czech next faces seventh-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, who beat third-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Berdych beat Herbert in their only previous meeting, earlier this year in the quarterfinals of the Doha Open.

Later on Friday, sixth-seeded Jeremy Chardy faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an all-French quarter-final, while Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays Radu Albot of Macedonia.