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Fognini Beats Haas; Kohlschreiber To Meet Hanescu In Stuttgart SFs

Stuttgart, Germany

Fognini© AFP/Getty ImagesFabio Fognini beat top seed Tommy Haas on Friday in the quarter-finals.

Fifth seed Fabio Fognini reached the MercedesCup semi-finals for the first time in four years on Friday. 

Fognini, who lost to Victor Hanescu in the 2009 semi-finals, knocked out top seed and 1999 runner-up Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-4 in 75 minutes.

Fognini, 26, has already reached two clay-court semi-finals this season at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel (l. to Ferrer) and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Djokovic).

He will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, currently No. 58 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who has an opportunity to reach his second ATP World Tour final of the year after Michael Berrer retired at 6-2, 0-1 in their quarter-final. 

Bautista Agut advanced to the Aircel Chennai Open title match (l. to Tipsarevic) in January.

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Victor Hanescu extended his perfect FedEx ATP Head2Head record to 4-0 against Benoit Paire and now stands one match win away from reaching his sixth ATP World Tour final.

Hanescu, the 2009 Stuttgart runner-up, saved one break point in his 10 service games to beat fourth seed Paire 7-5, 6-2 in 73 minutes. Hanescu had saved two match points against Dmitry Tursunov in the first round on Tuesday.

"I am very happy to reach the semi-finals," Hanescu told "I find it difficult to play against Benoit, but my attitude and my focus on the match helped me win. I was down two match points against Tursunov in the first round, but I got some luck and managed to win."

Philipp Kohlschreiber broke a five-match losing streak with his second win over Gael Monfils in 10 meetings. The second seed needed 71 minutes to beat Monfils 6-4, 6-4. 

"I was shocked before the match when I heard that I had a 1-8 record against Gael," Kohlschreiber told "But I changed the tactics to play a little more aggressive. I had a good start in both sets, so I am happy with the performance. It is the first time that I reached the semi-finals here."

This year, Kohlschreiber has finished runner-up at the Heineken Open (l. to Ferrer) and the BMW Open (l. to Haas).

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Tomasz Bednarek and Mateusz Kowalczyk advanced to the doubles final by walkover. They were due to play wild cards Andreas Beck and Berrer.

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