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Basilashvili beats Zverev to reach Hamburg final

Hamburg Open 2019

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in action during the Hamburg Open 2019 at Rothenbaum on July 27, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images for Hamburg Open)

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HAMBURG, Germany -- Defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili saved two match points to beat second-seeded Alexander Zverev on Saturday and reach the final of the Hamburg European Open.

The fourth-seeded Georgian won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) after three hours and eight minutes and will face either Andrey Rublev or Pablo Carreno Busta on Sunday.

Zverev led 5-3 in the third set, much to his home crowd’s delight, before Basilashvili saved one match point with a forehand winner and the other when he sprinted to the net to swat away a forehand volley.

That was on his own serve and Basilashvili would later break Zverev and take it to the tiebreaker, where he then rallied from 5-2 down to seal his place in the final.