Surprise victor in all-Aussie grasscourt battle

Jordan Thompson has battled back from a set down to claim a stunning win over fellow Aussie Alex De Minaur and secure a place in his first tour semi-final at the Libema Open in the Netherlands.

Third-seeded de Minaur took the first set but Thompson maintained the fine form he brought with him from the French Open – where he reached the third round – to fight back for a superb 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory in just under two hours against the Australian No.1 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Unseeded Thompson, 25, will now face defending champion Richard Gasquet, who won two matches in a day to reach the last four, at the Dutch grass-court tournament.

Jordan Thompson is into the final four in Holland.Source:AP

After finishing off a second-round win over Mikhail Kukushkin, Frenchman Gasquet returned to the court later in the day to post a 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 victory over Chilean Nicolas Jarry.

Second-seeded Borna Coric had a terrific tussle with Chilean Cristian Garin, saving a match point and recovering from 5-2 down in the deciding set on the way to a 6-7 (7-4) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) victory.

The Croatian will face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino next after he battled past fifth seed compatriot David Goffin 4-6 7-5 6-3.

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