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Giraldo Notches 100th Win, Fognini Reaches Fourth Straight Clay SF

Viña del Mar, Chile

Mayer Vina del Mar 2014© Jim RydellLeonardo Mayer is making his fourth straight appearance in Vina del Mar.

Santiago Giraldo reached a milestone on the ATP World Tour after recording his 100th match win. The Colombian defeated seventh seed Guillermo Garcia Lopez 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Royal Guard Open Chile on Friday.

The victory evens the 26 year old's FedEx ATP Head2Head Series (2-2) against his Spanish opponent, with both of his wins coming on clay.

"I think it's a great number," said Giraldo about his achievement. "I try to win all the matches that I can. The idea is to keep working and focus on the number of victories and the number of tournaments that I play."

Argentine Leonardo Mayer achieved his best result in Vina del Mar after beating Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in their quarter-final battle.

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The 26-year-old Mayer, making his fourth straight appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 event, converted four of six break points against Gimeno-Traver. He will face Giraldo in the semi-finals.

In other action, Fabio Fognini will be making his second semi-final appearance at the Royal Guard Open (l. to Robredo in 2011), after battling past Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in just under two hours.

The World No. 15 will be seeking his fourth consecutive final berth on clay on the ATP World Tour, having captured the titles in Stuttgart and Hamburg and finishing runner-up in Umag last July. He improved to 15-1 in clay tournaments since Roland Garros after converting on four of 12 break point opportunities for the victory over Chardy. The Frenchman was denied a third straight trip to the semis in the Chilean coastal city.

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Fognini will face Nicolas Almagro for the seventh time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry after the Spaniard turned aside first-time quarter-finalist Taro Daniel 6-2, 7-5.

Almagro, who is playing in his first tournament of 2014, converted on his second match point after relinquishing an early break in the second set. He fired 12 aces, denying two of three break points for the win. The Murcia native’s firepower proved to be too much for Daniel, who was making his ATP World Tour debut this week.

Almagro is seeking his seventh title on the Latin American Golden Swing and first in Vina del Mar. He owns a 4-2 edge on Fognini, having most recently prevailed in the quarter-finals in Valencia last year.

Colombians Streak To Doubles Final
Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah will face No. 3 seeds Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea in the doubles final after registering a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Dlouhy in Friday's semis.

It will be the third ATP World Tour final for the Colombians, having advanced as far in Brisbane to open the season and on the clay of Nice last year.

Marach and Mergea will vie for their first title together after the Austrian-Romanian duo edged top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-7(2), 6-1, 10-7 in a Match Tie-break.

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