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Nishikori saves Muller match points to win Swiss Indoors SF

  • Japan's Kei Nishikori returns a ball to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller during their semifinal match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

    Japan's Kei Nishikori returns a ball to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller during their semifinal match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Kei Nishikori reacts during his semifinal match against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

    Japan's Kei Nishikori reacts during his semifinal match against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Luxembourg's Gilles Muller reacts during his semifinal match against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

    Luxembourg's Gilles Muller reacts during his semifinal match against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Kei Nishikori saved a match point with a perfect top-spin lob and fought back to beat Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors semifinals on Saturday.

The No. 5-ranked Japanese faced an upset loss to the 37th-ranked left-hander from Luxembourg when trailing 4-5, 30-40 in the second set.

Nishikori went behind the baseline to retrieve Muller's backhand volley approach shot and lifted a forehand lob.

"My arm was shaking, it was match point for him," said Nishikori, who saved a second match point soon after.

The third-seeded Nishikori dominated the second-set tiebreaker and completed the win in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Nishikori, who lost the 2011 Basel title match to Roger Federer, will play fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia or unseeded Mischa Zverev of Germany on Sunday.