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Fognini, Ferrer Into Buenos Aires Semi-Finals

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Robredo© Copa ClaroTommy Robredo won the 2009 Buenos Aires title.

Fabio Fognini remains on course to reach his fifth straight ATP World Tour clay-court final. The second seed defeated Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes at the Copa Claro, extending his record on clay courts to 22-1 since last year’s Roland Garros. 

Fognini lifted trophies at Stuttgart (d. Kohlschreiber), Hamburg (d. Delbonis) and reached the Umag final (l. to Robredo) last year. He won the Vina del Mar crown (d. L. Mayer) last week. He next meets Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who advanced to the semi-finals for the fourth time in five appearances at Buenos Aires. The 2009 champion (d. Monaco) was leading sixth seed Robin Haase 6-1, 2-0 after 41 minutes of play when Haase retired due to a back injury.

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Top seed and two-time defending champion David Ferrer cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Albert Ramos and will take on fourth seed Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals after his fellow Spaniard took out Jeremy Chardy 7-6(7), 6-3. Working with new coach Jose-Francisco Altur this year after parting ways with longtime coach Javier Piles, Ferrer is chasing a sixth 'Golden Swing' crown.

Almagro, the tournament champion in 2011, has won a record six titles during the 'Golden Swing' during his career.

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Top-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez saved five of six break points to knock out Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler 7-6(3), 6-1.

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