Top seed Rublev through to San Diego semis

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Top seed Andrey Rublev has used his punishing forehand to finally overcome Diego Schwartzman and move into the San Diego Open semi-finals.

The world No.5 took almost two hours to hold out the Argentine who kept coming before the Russian emerged triumphant 6-1 7-5.

Rublev will now face Briton Cameron Norrie, who upset fourth seed and Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-1 in their quarter-final clash on Friday.

Rublev will feature in his eighth semi-final of the calendar year and is now chasing his first title since winning in Rotterdam in February.

He had been a break up in the second set after dominating the first but Schwartzman broke back.

The second set appeared destined for a tie-break with Schwartzman up 40-0 on serve at 6-5 before Rublev won the next five points to claim victory.

"The second set was very tough and enjoyable for the spectators to watch," Rublev said.

"Every game was really tough with amazing points and the set could have gone either way."

Meanwhile, second seed Casper Ruud of Norway defeated Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 to book his semi-final spot.

World No.10 Ruud will meet Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov who beat Russian Aslan Karatsev in three sets.

The 22-year-old Ruud's win improved his 2021 record to 45-12.

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