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Wawrinka Looks To Reverse Robredo Streak In Casablanca SFs

Casablanca, Morocco

Robredo© El KhaouaTommy Robredo knocked off No. 4 seed Benoit Paire.

Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka will look to reverse a 1-4 deficit in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo on Saturday in the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II.

"Robredo is a very good player," said Wawrinka. "We practised together last weekend and you can see that he's in great form. I will have to take the initiative and play aggressively. He's always difficult to beat."

Wawrinka, the 2010 champion (d. Hanescu), kept alive his chances of winning a fourth ATP World Tour title after a one-hour, 6-1, 6-2, victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Friday. "I'm happy about my level of play today," said Wawrinka. "I came back to Casablanca to win here again."

Robredo, who has two clay-court wins over Wawrinka (2006 Barcelona and 2008 Monte-Carlo), reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season after he defeated fourth seed Benoit Paire 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-0. 

"It was a tough match," said Robredo. "Paire has plenty of talent. It was very important to win that first game of the final set. Afterwards, he wasn't very strong mentally and I took my chances. I'm happy to be in the semi-finals and hope to go even much further."

Robredo’s last visit to Casablanca in 2001 resulted in a runner-up finish to Guillermo Canas.

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Second seed Kevin Anderson beat eighth seed Grega Zemlja 6-4, 6-4 to win his first clay-court quarter-final (1-2 lifetime). Anderson, who improved to 16-5 on the year, is one match win away from reaching his second ATP World Tour final of the season. In January, he finished runner-up at the Apia International Sydney (l. to Tomic). 

Anderson will next play third seed Martin Klizan. The Slovakian eased past seventh seed Robin Haase 7-5, 6-1 to move through to his first semi-final in 2013. Klizan was the lone first-time winner on the ATP World Tour last year, having triumphed in St. Petersburg (d. Fognini) en route to being voted the ATP Newcomer of the Year.

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