Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic returns the ball to Paolo Lorenzi of Italy during the St. Petersburg Open ATP tennis tournament match in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Dmitri Lovetsky
September 23, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Tomas Berdych advanced to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3, 6-4 Friday.

The ninth-ranked Czech, who is seeded third, will next face either fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany or Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny, who won in St. Petersburg in 2004.

Fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain also reached the semifinals, defeating Joao Sousa of Portugal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Bautista Agut will face either U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka or Viktor Troicki of Serbia.

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