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Ferrer Sets Robredo SF Clash

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Robredo© Sergio Llamera-Copa Claro Tommy Robredo is bidding to reach his first final since 2011.

World No. 4 David Ferrer stormed into the semi-finals of the Copa Claro on Friday in Buenos Aires, dismissing sixth seed Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1 in 75 minutes. The top-seeded Spaniard broke serve four times and won 70 per cent of points behind his first serve to claim his 15th win of the season.

The 30-year-old Ferrer is bidding to retain the Buenos Aires title after beating Nicolas Almagro in last year’s final. The Valencia native has already won one ATP World Tour title this season, triumphing at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber), and was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and Doha (l. to Davydenko).

As he bids to reach the Buenos Aires final for the third year in a row, Ferrer will face countryman Tommy Robredo, who defeated World No. 246 Julian Reister of Germany 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 32 minutes. It is the first time since 2011 at Indian Wells that the 30-year-old Spaniard has won three tour-level matches in a row.

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka battled past eighth seed Albert Ramos 7-6(4), 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final this season. 

The Swiss 27 year old won 69 per cent of first serve points as he extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Ramos to 3-0. The World No. 17 will face off against second seed Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals, following the Spaniard's 6-1, 7-6(3) win over Federico Delbonis in 70 minutes.

Almagro served eight aces and didn't face a break point against the Argentine, to whom he has never lost. The right-handed World No. 11 trails Wawrinka 3-4 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

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