American Andy Roddick had to work hard for his semis spot as he beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-3 3-6 7-5.
The former world no.1 then went on to book his place in Saturday’s final, after his opponent Steve Darcis of Belgium was forced to retire when trailing 6-3 3-1.
6th seeded Roddick, who won the 600th match of his career, described today’s conditions as very tough:
“They were some of the toughest, I can’t remember much tougher that I’ve played in. That wind out there is frightening. It’s not as much as about tennis today as just getting through it.”
No.3 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy also reached the last 4 without having to finish the match. His opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out at 7-5 2-1 in the Italian’s favour.
Seppi earned his final spot after overcoming American Ryan Harrison in straight sets, beating him 7-5 6-1.