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ATP Mexico: Top seeds Tomas Berdych, Sam Querrey advance

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Tomas Berdych held on to advance to the semifinals at the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel ATP tournament Thursday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Tomas Berdych held on to advance to the semifinals at the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel ATP tournament Thursday. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

The top two seeds in the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel ATP tournament advanced to the semifinals at Los Cabos, Mexico, but they took different paths there Thursday.

No. 1 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic was pushed hard before rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over seventh-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France.

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Meanwhile, second-seeded American Sam Querrey rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over France's Vincent Millot.

Berdych captured the final five games to prevail in 2 hours, 7 minutes.

"It was a good test for me because he was really playing well and I had to fight for every point," Berdych said. "You appreciate these matches more than winning easily. I just had to stay patient and keep believing in myself."

In the semifinals, Berdych will oppose wild-card entrant Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, who beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Querrey needed just 61 minutes to eliminate Millot.

"I felt like I played aggressive and did everything right, so that felt good," Querrey said. "It's going to get tougher from here, but if I play like I did tonight, I'll have a good shot."

Querrey's semifinal opponent will be Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who edged fourth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2). Lopez blew three match points while serving at 6-5 in the third set, and Dzumhur cruised in the tiebreaker.

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