Fognini downs Davydenko to reach Stuttgart semis

BERLIN: Fabio Fognini upset world number11 Nikolay Davydenko to reach his first tour semi-final this year as the Italian''s dream run in Stuttgart continued onFriday.

The 22-year-old, ranked 67th and yet to win a title on the main ATP tour, beat the Russian 6-1 3-6 7-5.

Fognini was flawless in the first set, firing forehand winners at will as his 28-year-old opponent littered the court with errors.

Fognini, who overcame seventh seed Fabrice Santoro and Paul-Henri Mathieu in the previous rounds, lost the second set as Davydenko twice broke his serve before a 20-minute rain delay interrupted play at 4-4 in the third.

However, the interruption did not rattle Fognini, who quickly grabbed two match points when his opponent, trailing6-5, double-faulted.

The Italian, who next faces fourth-seeded Romanian Victor Hanescu, won on his second match point when Davydenko sent a backhand wide just before heavy rain returned to force the postponement of the other quarter-finals until Saturday.

Earlier, Hanescu had booked his place in the last four with a 7-6 6-4 win over Frenchman Alexandre Sidorenko.

On Saturday, Germany''s Nicolas Kiefer is due to play Polishqualifier Lukasz Kubot while Mischa Zverev faces Frenchman Jeremy Chardy for places in the last four.