Fourth seed Richard Gasquet reached his first ATP Tour semi-final of the season on Friday at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag as he moved past Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6(7).

The 35-year-old struck the ball well from the baseline throughout as he broke five times. He failed to serve the match out at 5-4 in the second set, but took his third match point in the tie-break to advance in one hour and 51 minutes.

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“I started well,” Gasquet said. “I could not manage to break him at 4-2 in the second set and then I struggled a little bit on my serve. It was tough, but I fought a lot to finish the match in the second set. It was a great tie-break and important to win. I need to be physically ready to go further as I try and reach the final.”

Gasquet is the second oldest semi-finalist in the tournament’s 31-year history, behind only 35-year-old Paolo Lorenzi, who reached the 2017 final (l. to Rublev). The Frenchman is now 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head Series against Dzumhur.

He will next face qualifier Daniel Altmaier after the German upset an injury-hampered second seed Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-3 to advance to his first ATP Tour semi-final. Two years ago, in the most recent edition of the ATP 250 event, Lajovic clinched his maiden ATP Tour title in Umag.

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Top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas also advanced on Friday as he eased past Italian Stefano Travaglia 6-2, 6-1 in 68 minutes.

The Spaniard, who won his third ATP Tour title at the Millennium Estoril Open (d. Norrie) in May, produced a dominant display against Travaglia to reach his fourth tour-level semi-final of the season.

Ramos-Vinolas won 72 per cent (26/36) of his first-service points to claim an 18th clay-court victory of the year. The 33-year-old snapped a seven-match losing streak when he overcame Duje Ajdukovic in the previous round and will face either #NextGenATP Carlos Alcaraz or third seed Filip Krajinovic in the last four.

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