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Mankad in semis

Bangalore: playing with determination and grit, India’s Harsh Mankad stormed into the semi-finals of the Indian Oil Servo ATP Challenger championship here Thursday.

Continuing his fine run in the meet, the 23-year-old from Mumbai came from behind to beat qualifier Fred Hemmes Jr of the Netherlands 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3.

Mankad, ranked 457 in the world and a wild card entrant here, was joined in the last four by second seed Gregory Carraz (France) and fourth seed Ivo Heuberger of Switzerland. Carraz had no difficulty in packing off Peter Wessels of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-3.

In another quarter final, Heuberger beat Louis Vosloo6-3, 6-1.

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