ATP wrap: Goffin, Wawrinka win again

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Top seed David Goffin was too strong for Karen Khachanov, beating the Russian in 79 minutes to reach the ATP Montpellier semifinals; Getty Images
As David Goffin continues his stellar form in Montpellier, Stan Wawrinka’s comeback from injury gains momentum in Sofia.

MONTPELLIER, AP – Top-seed David Goffin did not face a break point as he beat qualifier Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France.

Goffin, who had an excellent season last year capped by a runners-up spot at the ATP Finals, next meets three-time champion Richard Gasquet.

Gasquet got off to a slow start against fourth-seed Damir Dzumhur but eventually progressed 6-4 6-2 at the indoor tournament. He was 4-1 down before winning 11 of the last 13 games.

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Third-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Lucas Pouille in the other semifinal.

Tsonga defeated Andrey Rublev 6-4 7-6(1), while his French Davis Cup teammate beat another Frenchman, Benoit Paire, 6-1 6-4.

Wawrinka into Sofia semis

SOFIA, Reuters – A dominant Stan Wawrinka outclassed Serbian Viktor Troicki to book his place in the semifinals of the ATP tour’s Sofia Open to suggest his recovery from a knee injury is well under way.

The 32-year-old Swiss, who had surgery in August and only returned to the court last month, was in great form in the 6-1 7-6(3) win.

“It was a great match, I played better than I expected,” said Wawrinka, aiming to clinch his first title since winning the Geneva Open in May.

I’m improving every day, I’m moving better and I’m serving better. I think my level is getting better.”

Wawrinka’s semifinal opponent will be Mirza Basic.

The Bosnian qualifier produced a solid display to beat Maximilian Marterer 6-4 4-6 6-3, claiming his second German scalp after eliminating fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday.

World No.93 Marius Copil fired down 13 aces to reach his first ATP semifinal with an impressive 6-4 6-4 victory over third-seeded Gilles Muller.

The Romanian will face Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik, who continued his fairytale week with a 7-6(2) 6-4 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

“This is the biggest win of my career,” a delighted Kovalik said in a courtside interview.

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