Qualifier Delbonis knocks Roger Federer out of German Open

July 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

HAMBURG, Germany, July 20 (UPI) -- Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis eliminated Roger Federer at the German Open Saturday, earning a berth in Sunday's championship match.

Delbonis, 22, prevailed against the four-time tournament champion 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4) and will face 12th-seeded Fabio Fognini Sunday.

Fognini, who won his first ATP championship in Stuttgart last week, beat third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in Saturday's other semifinal match.

Delbonis, a left-hander, seemed to catch Federer off his game.

Federer lost an early lead in the first set and committed consecutive groundstroke errors in the second set to give Delbonis a match-point opportunity.

"I feel like I'm dreaming," said Delbonis. "My key to the match was to enjoy playing this kind of player, because he's the best of all time."

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