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David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro to meet in Copa Claro semfinals

Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion David Ferrer and 2011 winner Nicolas Almagro each scored a victory at the Copa Claro Friday, setting up a semifinal meeting.

The top-seeded Ferrer needed just 70 minutes to advance with a 6-1, 6-2 rout of fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos in a quarterfinal match at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

His next opponent will be the fourth-seeded Spaniard Almagro, who needed a tiebreaker in the first set before emerging with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 decision over No. 8 Jeremy Chardy.

In Saturday's other semifinal, second-seeded Fabio Fognini will take on No. 3 Tommy Robredo.

Italy's Fognini, seeking his fifth straight clay-court finals appearance dating back to last year, moved on with a 6-4, 6-3, triumph over Pablo Andujar.

Spain's Robredo, meanwhile, gained the semis in a walkover against No. 6 seed Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Robredo was ahead 6-1, 2-0 when Haase retired with a back injury.

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