ESTORIL - French second seed Richard Gasquet defeated Daniel Munoz-de la Nava 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Estoril Open, his first clay event of the season. Gasquet, who lost the 2007 final to Novak Djokovic on his last visit to Estoril, beat the lowest-ranked player remaining in the field in number 148 de la Nava.

He now faces another Spaniard, Albert Ramos, the fourth seed who saw off local favourite Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-3. The second semi-final will be decided at the end of ongoing matches between Swiss third seed Stanislas Wawrinka and Dutchman Robin Haase and two-time champion Albert Montanes of Spain, seeded seventh, and holder Juan Martin del Potro. Gasquet, competing in his fifth ATP quarter-final of 2012, broke three times in a battle lasting just shy of two hours. In the Saturday women’s final, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, the sixth seed, will take on Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. Both of the winners knocked out Italian competition, with Kanepi upsetting top seed Roberta Vinci 6-2, 7-5 and Suarez Navarro ousting Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-0.