Hamburg Open: Alexander Zverev loses to Nikoloz Basilashvili

Nikoloz Basilashvili celebrates beating Alexander Zverev to reach Hamburg final
Nikoloz Basilashvili, who has won nine straight main-draw matches in Hamburg, earned his second career win over a top five player

Home favourite Alexander Zverev missed out on his first Hamburg Open final as defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili fought back from facing two match points to edge an epic semi-final.

Georgian fourth seed Basilashvili recovered to win 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-5) in three hours and seven minutes.

Basilashvili, 27, will face Russian Andrey Rublev, who beat Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, in Sunday's final.

Hamburg-born Zverev led 5-3 in the decider but could not take his chances.

World number five Zverev, whose split with coach Ivan Lendl was announced by the eight-time Grand Slam winner before Friday's quarter-final win against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, was aiming to reach his third final in 2019.

Instead it is Basilashvili who will take on 21-year-old Rublev for the clay-court title.

Rublev, who caused an upset against Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem in the last eight, trailed by a set and a break before winning 11 of the final 13 games to seal a 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory over Carreno Busta.

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