Mayer saves match point to continue Hamburg love affair
Leonardo Mayer will have the chance to win a third German Tennis Championships title in five years after saving match point to defeat Jozef Kovalik in the semi-finals.
The Argentine, champion in 2014 and 2017, was staring down the barrel when 6-5 down in a third-set tie-breaker.
However, Mayer fought off the danger and eventually recovered to record a 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (9-7) victory in a gruelling encounter lasting two hours and 51 minutes.
Mayer had won just two of his past nine matches heading into Hamburg, but has rediscovered his form on the German clay, and fired 42 winners against the attack-minded Kovalik.
Hamburg final No. for Leonardo Mayer, saving a match point to edge Jozef Kovalik 67(6) 64 76(7).— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 28, 2018
The defending champion is now 15-2 at the @Am_Rothenbaum.
Nikoloz Basilashvili stands in his way of further glory, the Georgian winning a see-saw encounter 7-5 0-6 6-1 against Nicolas Jarry.
At the Swiss Open Gstaad, second seed Roberto Bautista Agut had to dig deep to record a 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 triumph over Laslo Djere and will face Matteo Berrettini in the final after the Italian saw off Jurgen Zopp 6-4 7-6 (8-6).