Alexander Bublik fights his way into Montpellier semis

No. 2 seed Alexander Bublik rallied past fellow Kazakh and sixth seed Alexander Shevchenko 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France on Friday in Montpellier.

Bublik fired 15 aces to Shevchenko’s three and saved five of eight break points in a two-hour, eight-minute quarterfinal affair.

The top four seeds fill out the tournament’s semifinal bracket. Bublik’s next opponent will be third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, who took down French wild card Harold Mayot 7-5, 6-1.

Top-seeded Holger Rune of Denmark beat American Michael Mmoh 7-6 (6), 6-4. In the first-set tiebreaker, Rune needed to charge back from down 3-1 and save a set point down 6-5.

Rune will face Croatia’s Borna Coric, the fourth seed, who eliminated Italy’s Flavio Cobolli 6-3, 6-4.