Nikoloz Basilashvili is enjoying a career-best run at this year’s China Open.
The No.34-ranked Georgian stormed into the semifinals, dominating Tunisian opponent Malek Jaziri 6-2 6-2.
Headlining the evening session at Diamond Court, Basilashvili quickly took control of the match as he raced to a 5-1 lead.
Basilashvili did not face a break point on his serve in the opening set, despite only landing 33 per cent of his first serves. He remained composed and confident to dictate rallies, fending off Jaziri’s best efforts to close out the set in 34 minutes.
The Georgian maintained his momentum early in the second set, racing to a 4-0 lead. A loud crowd tried to inspire Jaziri, but the 34-year-old simply had no answers against a dominant opponent.
Basilashvili, who had never previously won a main draw match in Beijing, now faces world No.16 Kyle Edmund for a place in the final. The Brit has won their two previous matches, with the most recent a five-set battle at Australian Open 2018.
With his win tonight, Basilashvili is projected to break into the world’s top 30 for the first time.(By Nicholas Cimino)