- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

SHENZHEN, China (AP) - Defending champion Tomas Berdych fired nine aces and defeated Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 7-5 in the Shenzhen Open semifinals on Saturday.

The top-seeded Czech converted four of 10 break chances in beating his Brazilian opponent.

Berdych faces Richard Gasquet in Sunday’s final.

Third-seeded Gasquet was leading 6-2, 4-1 in the other semifinal when Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia was forced to retire with a groin injury.

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