Rosol beats Simon in Bucharest semis, plays Garcia-Lopez for title

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BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy 2013 final in Bucharest will feature unseeded players Lukas Rosol and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who ousted Simon and Mayer, respectively.

Defending champion and a three-time Bucharest winner Gilles Simon was facing unseeded Czech Rosol in the semis. The second seed Frenchman was leading the head-to-head series one to nil, yet he was always second best in today’s match. He suffered a loss of serve in the sixth game of the opener, which was followed by Rosol holding to love and breaking his opponent for the second consecutive time to grab the first set. In the second one the Czech jumped 3-0 ahead and protected his one break lead despite having faced eight re-break balls. He saved them all and edged out the Frenchman with 6-2, 6-3 victory. In tomorrow’s Bucharest final the 27-year old Czech will be chasing his first ATP title.

In the second semifinal clash another unseeded player, Spaniard Garcia-Lopez eliminated fifth-seeded Florian Mayer, who conquered Bucharest in 2011, claiming his only ATP trophy to date. The players dropped two serves each by 3-3 in the opener before Garcia-Lopez broke his adversary to love when the German was serving to keep the set alive. In the second set Mayer broke first, yet he allowed the opponent to peg back, making it 4-4. However, he threw in another break and confirmed it to force a decider. The final set could have gone either way with the German squandering six break points before he gave away a serve in the sixth game. Ultimately, the Spaniard served out the match with a hold to love and will set his sights on his third career title after a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

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