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Ferrer To Vie For Buenos Aires Three-Peat Against Fognini

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fognini© Copa ClaroFabio Fognini rallied from the brink to defeat Tommy Robredo in the Buenos Aires semi-finals.

David Ferrer is on the precipice of a Copa Claro three-peat after downing countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-2 in Saturday’s semi-finals. Ferrer will face Fabio Fognini in the Buenos Aires final.

The Spaniard improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over Almagro to 15-0 with the win. The two-time defending champion prevailed in 86 minutes, saving six of seven break points faced while converting on four of his own. Almagro secured his lone break of serve to open the second set but was unable to maintain the early lead.

The World No. 5 will look to overturn a seven-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals when he faces Fognini, with his most recent title coming in Buenos Aires last year. He is also seeking to extend the string of Spanish dominance in the Argentine capital, with four different Spaniards having hoisted the trophy since 2009.

A win in the final would give Ferrer his third three-peat on the ATP World Tour, after winning three consecutive titles in Acapulco (2010-12) and Auckland (2011-13).

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Fognini rallied from down a set and a break to defeat third-seed Tommy Robredo 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday, booking a spot in the Copa Claro final.

The Italian extended his streak of consecutive ATP World Tour clay-court finals to five with the victory, improving to 23-1 on the surface since Roland Garros last year. He is coming off a title run in Vina del Mar last week, less than a year after claiming his first career trophies in Stuttgart (d. Kohlschreiber) and Hamburg (d. Delbonis).

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Fognini was forced to battle from the brink against Robredo, surviving a 6-3, 5-3 deficit to exact revenge on the 2009 champion. The Spaniard failed to serve it out at 5-4 in the second set and proceeded to drop four straight games and eventually the match in just under two hours. Robredo had previously defeated Fognini in the Umag final last year.

At No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Fognini is edging closer to becoming the first Italian to break into the Top 10 since Adriano Panatta achieved the feat in 1978. He would ascend to the 13th position should he win the title.

Fognini has yet to defeat Ferrer, succumbing in six previous meetings. Ferrer prevailed 6-2, 6-1 in the Buenos Aires quarter-finals last year and has since registered victories in Acapulco and in Miami.

Top Seeds Advance to Doubles Final
The top seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez moved into the Buenos Aires doubles final after handing Alexandr Dolgopolov and Potito Starace a 6-4, 6-4 defeat on Saturday. The 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions will compete in their 11th final together, seeking a fourth title. They will face No. 4 seeds Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos.

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