Top-seed Wawrinka loses to Paire in Open 13 quarterfinals

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 20, 2016 11:10 AM
 Top-seed Wawrinka loses to Paire in Open 13 quarterfinals
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts during his quarter final match against France's Benoit Paire, at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament, in Marseille, southern France, Friday Feb. 19 , 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka lost to eighth-seeded Benoit Paire of France 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Open 13 on Friday.

Paire had 12 aces against the 2014 Australian Open champion, and next meets fourth-seeded Marin Cilic, who reached his first semifinal of the season by beating Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4.

"I was very emotional at the end of the match, it's the kind of victory that does me a lot of good," Paire said. "I've already beaten Cilic. If I serve well and I have the right sensations, I have enough to get through."

Second-seeded Tomas Berdych also reached the last four, beating No. 6 David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-4.

The Czech player faces unseeded Nick Kyrgios in the last four after the Australian swept aside No. 3 Richard Gasquet of France 6-0, 6-4.

Big-serving Kyrgios had 17 aces and did not concede a single break-point chance on his serve, hitting three aces in his final service game.

The 20-year-old, who is ranked 41st, dropped only two points on his serve in the second set, racking up a perfect 100 percent of points on his first serve and smacking three aces in the final service game.

"He played like a top-10 player for sure," Gasquet said. "He'll get there one day, there's no doubt about that."

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