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Monaco To Face First-Time Finalist Berlocq

Viña del Mar, Chile

Monaco© Jim Rydell/VTR OpenJuan Monaco will contest the Vina del Mar final for the third time.

Top seed Juan Monaco will look to win the VTR Open title for the first time after reaching the final for the third time on Saturday. The Argentine cruised past France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals in Vina del Mar.

The 27-year-old Monaco has a 13-5 record at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court event, having finished runner-up in 2008 (l. to F. Gonzalez) and 2010 (l. to Bellucci). He has a 3-8 finals record, with all three of his titles coming on clay in 2007.

In his fourth meeting with the No. 82-ranked Chardy, Monaco saved 11 of 13 break points and converted five of his nine opportunities to clinch victory in 87 minutes. He improved to a 3-1 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

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In the title match, Monaco will face Carlos Berlocq, who advanced to his first ATP World Tour final one day after celebrating his 29th birthday. The Argentine finished strongly to defeat countryman and second seed Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, capitalising on nine of his 17 break point chances in the two-hour, 26-minute match.

The seventh-seeded Berlocq was contesting just his second career ATP World Tour semi-final and recorded his second win in two meetings with Chela, having also beaten the 32 year old in the second round of the Brasil Open two years ago.

World No. 55 Berlocq came into the Latin American ‘Golden Swing’ with just a 2-2 match record on the season, reaching the second round at Auckland (l. to Verdasco) and the Australian Open (l. to Karlovic).

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