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Robredo Closes On Second Straight Title

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Spaniard Tommy Robredo extended his winning streak to eight matches and continued his push for a second consecutive title by charging into the semi-finals of the Copa Telmex, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Buenos Aires Friday.

Robredo, who last week won his eighth ATP World Tour title at the Brasil Open, toughed out a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Brazilian Franco Ferreiro in Friday's quarterfinals.

Joining Robredo in the semifinals is two-time former finalist, Argentine Jose Acasuso, who crushed Spaniard Oscar Hernandez 6-1, 6-2. Acasuso, chasing his second consecutive appearance in the Buenos Aires final, did not face a break point and dropped just one point in his first serve in the rout.

Acasuso said: "I played a great match and am very happy to be in the semi-finals in Buenos Aires once again. I played well from the back and took control of the points. The idea was to play fast and the tactic worked very well.

"I dream about winning the title here. In the two finals I've played, in the first one I was young and lost to a great player (Kuerten). Last year I was up a set and ended up losing a close one."

Juan Monaco, the 2007 champion, broke serve five times in a 6-2, 6-3 win over close friend and fellow Argentine Maximo Gonzalez. It is Monaco's first semi-final appearance since Warsaw last June, and he now meets top seed David Nalbandian.

"It should be a tough semi-final. David is the defending champion, one of most talented players on the tour. I will focus in my game and try to win the match," Monaco said.

Nalbandian advanced to the semi-finals after Juan Carlos Ferrero (right leg) retired in the second set with the Argentine leading 6-3, 3-0. Nalbandian, 27, is chasing his second title in just his third tournament of the year, following his victory in Sydney.

"I can't complain the way I've been playing this week," said Nalbandian after his 300th career match win. "I had a fever all day yesterday so I was just trying to keep the points short. I wasn't feeling so well but I managed to win, which is the most important. 

"Pico (Monaco) is playing very well. I'm sure it will be a tough match tomorrow."

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