Rajeev Ram, Grigor Dimitrov reach Delray Beach semifinals
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) American Rajeev Ram saved five break points in the eighth game of the second set and beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday in the Delray Beach Open quarterfinals.
The 31-year-old Ram will face fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the semifinals. The 24-year-old Dimitrov beat eighth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 7-5. Dimitrov broke Mannarino in the final game of both sets to reach his second ATP semifinal of the year.
Ram had two double faults in the whippy wind to give Becker break chances at 4-4 in the second set. But the 6-foot-4 Ram erased one with an ace and held with a service winner. He broke for the set and then ran out the third.