Juan Monaco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will face each other in the first semi-final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after both players recorded straight sets victories over their quarter-final opponents.
Second-seeded Monaco has had a strong season, posting impressive wins over Gael Monfils and Andy Roddick before an ankle injury caused him to miss both the Barcelona and Mutua Madrid opens. The Argentine looked to be over such concerns in the first set of his quarter final match with Pavol Cervenak, racing to a 6-1 victory.
The second set was a tighter affair, with Monaco eventually triumphing 7-5.
A first set whitewash for Garcia-Lopez in the second quarter final of the day left the Spaniard confident of a place in the last four. His opponent – 27 year old German Dustin Brown – was able to post three games on the board in the second set but eventually succumbed 6-0 6-3.
The unseeded Brown – famous for his impressive dreadlocks and for once taking a set off Andy Murray at the US Open – is playing some impressive tennis at the moment was no match for Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who strode into his semi-final meeting with Monaco in some style.