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Federer, Almagro, Fognini, Delbonis Eye Final Spot

Hamburg, Germany

Federer© Hamburg sports & entertainment GmbHRoger Federer faces qualifier Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals.

The semi-finals at the bet-at-home Open-German Tennis Championships on Saturday features top seed Roger Federer, No. 3 Nicolas Almagro, No. 12 Fabio Fognini and qualifier Federico Delbonis.

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In the first semi-final on Centre Court, Italian No. 12 seed Fabio Fognini, who is 1-3 life-time against No. 3 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, looks to extend his current match win streak to nine in a row.  Last week the Italian captured his first ATP World Tour title at Stuttgart. Both players are tied for No. 2 in clay court match wins this year with 23 each. The 26-year-old Fognini, who is attempting to reach his fourth ATP World Tour final, is appearing in his 12th ATP World Tour semi-final (3-8 record, 2-8 on clay). He is also looking to become the second Italian to reach the final here (Adriano Panatta lost to Manuel Orantes in the 1972 final). The 27-year-old Almagro is looking to reach his 21st career ATP World Tour final (12-8 record, all on clay). The 2011 runner-up (l. to Simon) is appearing in his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (2-2) and he has a career 20-11 record in ATP World Tour clay court semi-finals. 

The oldest player left and the youngest player left in the draw meet in the second semi-final as four-time champion and top seed Roger Federer and Argentinian qualifier Federico Delbonis square off for the first time. The 31-year-old Federer is looking to reach his 113th ATP World Tour final (77-35 mark). He is appearing in his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (2-2 record) and has a 23-6 mark in clay court semi-final matches. He has never fallen in the semi-finals here in five previous appearances. The 22-year-old Delbonis is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour final. He is playing in his second ATP World Tour semi-final. He lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero at ‘11 Stuttgart. 

The last match of the day is a doubles semi-final match between the Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Martin Klizan of Slovakia. The long-time Polish tandem of Frystenberg and Matkowski have a record of 297-233 (14-12 in 2013). Earlier this year, they reached their 35th final as a team at ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Qureshi-Rojer) and fell to 13-22 in finals. Klizan and Dlouhy partnered together for the first time last week at Stuttgart (l. to Bednarek-Kowalczyk in QF) and have a career record of 2-1. 

Top 10 Clay Court Match Wins Leaders –Two of the Top 10 active wins leaders on clay are in the semi-finals:
    Player                                Wins          Losses      Pct
1. Nadal, Rafael (ESP)              292           21            .932
2. Ferrer, David (ESP)              259           104           .713
3. Almagro, Nicolas (ESP)   229           107           .682 vs. Fognini
4. Robredo, Tommy (ESP)       225           101           .690 
5. Monaco, Juan (ARG)           193            107           .643 
6. Federer, Roger (SUI)      190            56             .772 vs. Delbonis
7. Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS)   184             114           .617 
8. Montanes, Albert (ESP)        180             157           .534 
9. Massu, Nicolas (CHI)           162              119           .576
10.Volandri, Filippo (ITA)        162              130           .555
*Bold playing in semi-finals 

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