BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Rafael Nadal rode another comeback win into the Swiss Indoors semifinals, beating Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday.
Third-seeded Nadal trailed by a set and a break before getting his third three-set win this week.
“I think he (Cilic) was playing great. Then I tried to change position a little bit on (my service) return,” said Nadal, who on Monday had to break serve to avoid a quick first-round exit against Lukas Rosol.
The match turned when seventh-seeded Cilic’s service faltered and Nadal seized a fourth straight break-point chance to lead 5-3 in the second.
Nadal broke service twice more in the decider and clinched when the tall Croatian sent a backhand volley wide.
In the semifinals on Saturday, Nadal plays Richard Gasquet who had a close escape in his quarterfinals match.
The fifth-seeded Frenchman saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6).
Gasquet got the…