Tennis: Tomas Berdych joins Stuttgart Open exodus after defeat to Feliciano Lopez

Tomas Berdych shows his dejection after losing against Feliciano Lopez in their quarter final match at the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, on June 16, 2017.
Tomas Berdych shows his dejection after losing against Feliciano Lopez in their quarter final match at the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, on June 16, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

STUTTGART (REUTERS) - Tomas Berdych became the latest seeded player to exit the Stuttgart Open on Friday as Spaniard Feliciano Lopez edged past the Czech third seed 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four.

The world No. 14, who has reached only one final this year, joined top seeds Swiss Roger Federer and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on the sidelines.

Spaniard Lopez, ranked 33rd in the world, will face in-form German Mischa Zverev on the quick grass court after he beat 39-year-old veteran Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4.

The 35-year-old Lopez bounced back from the first set tie-break loss to Berdych and saved several break points on his own serve early in the third set.

Lopez earned his only break with a superb cross-court passing shot to go 4-3 up and keep his advantage until the end.

The other semi-final will be an all-French clash between world No. 16 Lucas Pouille and Benoit Paire, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament.