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Top two seeds in Buenos Aires semifinals

Feb. 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Nicolas Almagro inched closer to a second championship in as many weeks Friday by earning a semifinal berth in the Copa Claro.

Almagro, who captured last week's ATP Tour stop in Sao Paulo, defeated qualifier Igor Andreev 6-3, 7-5 in the clay-court event. The win in Brazil boosted Almagro to No. 11 in the world rankings, and he is seeded second in this tournament behind Spanish countryman David Ferrer.

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Stanislas Wawrinka will meet Almagro in the semifinals after defeating No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2.

Ferrer also reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Fernando Gonzalez. David Nalbandian, who won this tournament four years ago, will take on Ferrer after breezing by Carlos Berlocq 6-0, 6-3.

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