It was the first time since 1990 that three qualifiers contested an ATP semifinals. The last qualifier to win a title was Daniil Medvedev at the 2018 Japan Open. Kecmanovic and Hanfmann are seeking their first career title after losing one previous final -- the Serbian in Antalya in 2019 and the German in Gstaad in 2017.
The finalists will meet for the first time on Sunday. Kecmanovic led Huesler 6-2, 5-4 but the 47th-ranked Serbian lost five of the following six games to find himself in the deciding set 2-1 and a break down.
However, Kecmanovic was back in command after a 4-0 run and wrapped up the win on his second match point when Huesler netted a backhand. Huesler, who had previously won only one ATP match in his career, beat top-seeded Fabio Fognini and Feliciano Lopez on his way to his first career semi.
Hanfmann missed two match points at 5-4 in the final set against Djere but closed out the win on his third chance in the tiebreaker. The clay-court tournament is the first ATP event in Europe since February. A limited number of spectators are allowed into the 5,400-capacity stadium.
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