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Lorenzi Upsets Monaco, Will Face Top Seed Haas In First SF

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Lorenzi© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2014Paolo Lorenzi is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final.

World No. 114 Paolo Lorenzi reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final at the age of 32 on Friday as he upset fourth seed Juan Monaco 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo.

The Italian denied Monaco his 200th clay-court win as he hit 12 aces and converted five of his seven break points, claiming victory in two hours and 34 minutes. The right-hander goes on to face top seed Tommy Haas for a place in Sunday's final.

Haas will be seeking to clinch a berth in his 27th ATP World Tour final, and seventh on clay courts, when he clashes with Lorenzi for the first time. The 35 year old advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Horacio Zeballos on Quadra Central.

Haas fired 10 aces and secured three breaks on six opportunities to defeat the Argentine and move into his second semi-final of the year. He reached the title match in Zagreb earlier in February.

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In other quarter-final action, Federico Delbonis eliminated Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-3 in just over an hour, denying the Brasil Open a Spanish finalist for the first time since 2004. The tournament champion has hailed from Spain in each of the past six years as well. Three-time titlist (2008, 2011-12) and this year's No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro was upset by Delbonis in the second round.

The 23 year old will be eyeing his second final berth in seven months after finishing runner-up in Hamburg (l. to Fognini) last July. He faces home favourite Thomaz Bellucci in Saturday's semis after the Sao Paulo resident ousted Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3, winning 96 per cent of first serve points and not facing a break point all match.

Bellucci will contest his first tour-level semi-final in 16 months, improving on a quarter-final finish in Rio de Janeiro last week. A finalist in 2009 (l. to Robredo), when the tournament was held in Costa do Sauipe, he will seek to overturn a 0-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head deficit against Delbonis. The Brazilian had failed to win a set in both meetings, on the clay of Vina del Mar in 2012 and in Gstaad last year.

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Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald reached their first ATP World Tour final together as they edged Marcel Granollers and Pere Riba 7-6(6), 5-7, 10-4 in one hour and 41 minutes. The Spanish/Austrian duo had won just one match in three previous tournaments together.

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