Australian Bernard Tomic booked his Sydney International 2013 semi-final place after overcoming Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, coming back from a set down to prevail 6-7 (6) 6-4 6-2.
The defending champion Nieminen raced to a 5-2 lead in the first set, just to allow Tomic to come back into it. It was the 20 year old Australian, who had the upper hand in the tiebreak, but he wasted a 5-2 lead and failed to convert two set points at 6-4 up, handing the set to Nieminen.
Both players held their serves until the 10th game of set two, when the Finn faltered to stay in it when serving at 4-5 down.
This gave the second seeded Tomic a well needed boost and nothing could stop him from reaching his first semi-final since last year’s Brisbane, where he lost to Murray.
In the other semis, Italy’s Andreas Seppi defeated Spaniard Marcel Granollers in straight sets 6-4 7-5.
Granollers was the first player to break serve just to be broken straight back. The no.3 seed Seppi then went on to take the Spaniard’s serve once more in game nine just before serving out the set.
The key moment of the second set came in the 11th game, when Granollers folded under pressure, dropping his serve once more. Seppi kept a cool head and wrapped up the match to set up a semi-final clash against Tomic.