Nalbandian claims semifinal berth

Feb. 20, 2009 at 9:32 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Defending champion David Nalbandian reached the semifinals of the Copa Telmex in Buenos aires Friday by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Nalbandian, the top seed, had a 6-3, 3-0 lead when Ferrero retired. That set up a semifinal meeting with Juan Monaco, who was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Maximo Gonzalez.

In the other semifinal, third-seeded Tommy Robredo will face Jose Acasuso.

Robredo, winner of last week's tour stop in Brazil, captured his eighth straight match with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) decision over qualifier Franco Ferreiro.

Acasuso, who lost to Nalbandian in last year's Buenos Aires final, easily topped Oscar Hernandez 6-2, 6-2.

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