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Monaco To Meet Pella In Dusseldorf SFs

Dusseldorf, Germany

Monaco© Laci Perenyi-Rochus Turnier GmbHJuan Monaco will play Guido Pella in the Dusseldorf semi-finals.

Juan Monaco reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the year on Thursday.

The third seed improved to 4-0 lifetime against Tobias Kamke with a 6-3, 6-4 win in 71 minutes at the Power Horse Cup 2013 in Dusseldorf. Monaco is No. 5 among active players with a 188-104 clay-court match win-loss record according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index

"It wasn't easy to play, as it was very cold," said Monaco. "I am happy to have reached the semi-finals and I will have a difficult match against a baseliner tomorrow." He will play qualifier Guido Pella.

World No. 101 Pella continued his run at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament with a 7-6(5), 7-5 win over seventh seed Viktor Troicki, who is playing his sixth consecutive week. Troicki is now 1-7 in clay-court quarter-finals.

“It feels really good,” said Pella. “I came here to play the qualifying and tomorrow I will compete in the semi-finals against an incredible opponent. I hope to reach the final, but I know that it will be a tough match.”

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Sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen will meet Igor Sijsling in the other semi-final on Friday. Nieminen advanced when second seed Tommy Haas, the oldest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, pulled out due to illness. “It's unfortunate,” said Haas. “After a long battle yesterday and with my family being sick, I didn’t feel good enough to go out there and compete.”

Like Pella, Sijsling also reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jan Hajek in 58 minutes. 

Top Seeds Reach Doubles SFs
Top-seeded Britons Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray booked a semi-final berth after a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Jamie Murray and John Peers. They will now challenge third seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot, who dropped just four of their first service points to defeat Daniel Brands and Sijsling 7-6(4), 6-4.

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