BASEL, Switzerland — Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro will face each other in the Swiss Indoors semifinals after both were tested in three-set wins on Friday.
Second-seeded Cilic was on court for more than three hours to beat 100th-ranked qualifier Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (4).
Cilic, the defending champion at Basel, clinched the quarterfinal with a delicate sliced backhand volley for a winner.
Fourth-seeded Del Potro needed exactly two hours to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 against sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
Del Potro won back-to-back Basel titles in 2012 and ’13, both times beating Roger Federer in the final.
The Argentine will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title in Basel
Federer, top-seeded again at his hometown event, played later Friday against Adrian Mannarino of France.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Michael Stich and Helena Sukova have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
They were enshrined Saturday during a ceremony on Newport’s grass center court outside the hall.
Stich won Wimbledon in 1991 and a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in doubles with German countryman Boris Becker, also a Hall of Famer.
The 49-year-old Stich said he is “so proud and honored to be a part of the family.”
Hall of Famer Jim Courier told the crowd that “the beauty of his game is what really sticks with me.”
Sukova, a 53-year-old Czech, captured 14 Grand Slam doubles crowns – nine in women’s, five in mixed.
NEW YORK — Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is ranked just below the cutoff for direct entry into the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
Azarenka, a former No. 1 and twice the champion at the Australian Open, is No. 108 this week, seven spots outside of an automatic spot in the main draw.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday that defending champion and top-ranked Rafael Nadal is one of six past male singles champions in the U.S. Open field, along with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic. Another past title winner at Flushing Meadows, Stan Wawrinka, is ranked 199th this week.
The women’s winners with direct entry based on this week’s rankings are six-time champion Serena Williams, two-time champ Venus Williams, defending champ Sloane Stephens, Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur.