Chennai Open: Aljaz Bedene out in semi-finals to Borna Coric

Aljaz Bedene
Aljaz Bedene lost to Stan Wawrinka in the Chennai Open final last year, when he was representing Slovenia

British number two Aljaz Bedene was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 by Borna Coric in the Chennai Open semi-finals.

Coric, one place above Bedene at 44 in the world rankings, went 4-2 up in the first set tie-break and took it 7-5.

Bedene, who came from a set down to beat India's Ramkumar Ramanathan in the quarter-finals, led 4-1 in the second before eventually winning a tie-break.

Croatian Coric sealed the match in two hours 56 minutes and faces defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the final.

Slovenia-born Bedene needed treatment in the final set against Coric, who won their only previous encounter in Croatia last year.

Coric held serve in a 13-minute seventh game and then broke in the next to secure a key advantage.

World number four Wawrinka took just one hour and five minutes to oust third seed Benoit Paire of France 6-3 6-4 at the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka is seeking his fourth Chennai Open title, following victories in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

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