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Wawrinka to meet rival Kyrgios in Dubai semis

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Wawrinka to meet rival Kyrgios in Dubai semis
Photo: Marwaan Namani
17:57 CET+01:00
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka reached the Dubai Tennis Championships semifinals on Thursday where he will face brash Australian Nick Kyrgios in their first meeting since their infamous duel in Canada last year.

Wawrinka saw off Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-1 while Kyrgios stunned third-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.
   
When the pair met in Montreal last August, Kyrgios was widely lambasted for making crude sexual remarks on-court concerning Wawrinka's girlfriend Donna Vekic, a Croatian WTA professional.
   
Kyrgios was handed a suspended 28-day ban and $25,000 fine.
   
But the Australian insisted on Thursday there won't be a problem when he faces second-seeded Wawrinka on Friday.
   
"Since the incident, I think we've both moved on from it," said the 20-year-old.
   
"We played on the same team in IPTL (International Premier Tennis League). That was actually really good. I got to know him a little bit more. He played great there.
   
"He's one of the best players in the world, no doubt. He's playing great tennis."

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