Two-time champion Marin Cilic crashed out of the ATP Chennai Open on Friday. Fourth-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka joined him while second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic eased into the semi-finals.
Croat Cilic was stunned by the 47th-ranked Benoit Paire of France, who won 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 on the showcourt of the Nungambakkam stadium. Wawrinka was waylaid by 23-year-old Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, who advanced to his first-ever ATP semi-final with a 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) win in an hour and 31 minutes.
The 86th-ranked Bedene's opponent in the semi-final will be world number nine Tipsarevic, who swept aside eighth seed Go Soeda of Japan 6-2, 6-4.
Paire will await the winner of Friday night's last quarter-final between top seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and Roberto Agut of Spain.
Tipsarevic, who lost last year's Chennai final to Canada's Milos Raonic, said he was satisfied with the way he played against Soeda.
“I think I served good and also returned well," he said.
“To drop just six games in the whole match means I played well. But one has to keep improving all the time and that is my aim.”
Djokovic on a roll
Perth: World number one Novak Djokovic bounced back to his imposing best as Serbia advanced to the Hopman Cup final on Friday. The Serbian pairing of Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic beat Germany 3-0 to finish their round robin ties unbeaten and earn the right to face the Spanish pairing of Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues in Saturday's mixed teams final.
Murray in Semis
Brisbane: Defending champion Andy Murray moved into the semifinals of the Brisbane International on Friday when he downed a tenacious Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 7-6 (7/3). Murray, back on court after playing the late match on Thursday night, edged out the world No. 43 in two tight sets.
Li in Shenzehn final
Beijing: Chinese tennis star Li Na cruised into the final of the Shenzhen Open with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over compatriot Peng Shuai in the semifinal match on Friday. The Shenzhen Open is being played for the first time as tennis expands in China on the back of Li's huge popularity.