Monaco to square off against Pella in Dusseldorf SFs

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Juan Monaco entered semi-finals at Power Horse Cup 2013 in Dusseldorf where he will meet his 101st-ranked compatriot Guido Pella.

After dismissing top seed Janko Tipsarevic in the second round, Argentine qualifier Pella surprised another seeded Serb player in Dusseldorf quarter-finals, this time he overcame Viktor Troicki, seed number seven. In the opener the players dropped a couple of service games each before settling into the match. The Serb then rescued a double set ball at 5-4 to make it to the tie-break where he was faced with the third set ball which 23-year-old Pella converted and moved one nil up. The second set started with four consecutive breaks before Troicki consolidated his third one for a 5-3 lead. However, the resilient Argentine managed to turn the set around by claiming four games in a row, including two breaks. He served the clash out with the match ball number one to reach Dusseldorf semis with a 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory – he will now take on Monaco.

The third seed Argentine beat Tobias Kamke in straight sets, thus improving his perfect head-to-head record against the unseeded German to 4-0. Monaco dominated the first set where he broke his challenger a couple of times to close out the opener in thirty-three minutes. He dropped his opening service games in the set number two, but reacted emphatically by producing a five straight games run to build a 5-2 lead. He failed to serve out the quarterfinal encounter at 5-3, yet he clinched another break in the follow-up game to book his spot in the last four. In the end he progressed with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 success.

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