Djere saves match points to edge Gasquet in Winston-Salem thriller, advances to semifinal

In a clash that saw several swings in momentum, Laslo Djere was able to outlast Richard Gasquet and book his spot in the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open on Thursday night.

Djere saved some of his best tennis for the end in his 6-4 3-6 7-6(6) win, hitting 12 aces in a dominant serving display. The Serbian was able to capitalize on some inconsistent play from Gasquet early in the match to escape with the opening set.

Nonetheless, the veteran Frenchman looked revitalized in the second, winning 14 of 16 points behind a well-placed first serve. Gasquet never faced a break point, attacking the net until he finally forced the error from his opponent to obtain a break of serve. This was enough for the former World No.7 to clinch the second and force a decider.

With both men exchanging breaks in the final set, it was Djere who held his nerve as he won 81% of points behind his first serve. The World No.89 saved two match points with Gasquet serving at 6-4 in the tiebreak, before obtaining the vital minibreak at 6-6 as his confidence grew. This was enough for the 27-year old to close out the match, advancing to the semifinals after two hours and 40 minutes.

Djere will face the winner between 13th seed Jack Draper and Swiss qualifier Marc-Andrea Huesler, as both men battle for the last spot in the final four.

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