Fognini, Kohlschreiber advance to semis at Generali Open
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Fabio Fognini and Philipp Kohlschreiber both reached their second semifinal in as many weeks at the Generali Open on Thursday.
Fognini, who won his fifth career title in Gstaad, Switzerland on Sunday, eased past Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-1. The Brazilian won just one of his eight service games.
The third-seeded Italian plays former champion Kohlschreiber for a place in the final. The German took the last five points of a third-set tiebreaker to outlast Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Last week, Kohlschreiber pulled out of his semifinal in Hamburg with a thigh injury.
Also, 157th-ranked Sebastian Ofner reached his maiden semifinal by defeating Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. The wild card entrant will play either fellow Austrian Gerald Melzer or Joao Sousa of Portugal.