Wawrinka to face Robredo in Casablanca semis

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Stan Wawrinka claimed a straight sets clay-court victory at Casablanca 2013 ATP tournament to set up a semifinal clash against Tommy Robredo.

Top seed Swiss Wawrinka had an easy job eliminating 99th-ranked Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Their head-to-head score was 2-2 prior to today’s quarterfinal match which World no. 22 Swiss dominated from beginning to end. He first broke his opponent in the fourth game, doubled his one break lead by 5-1 and served out the opener in the follow-up game. Wawrinka opened the set number two by stealing another one of the Spaniard’s serves and achieved a double break cushion by 4-1, putting the outcome of the clash beyond any doubt. The last few games were a formality for Wawrinka who eventually reached semifinal stage in Casablanca with a 6-1, 6-2 smooth triumph.

His next rival will be experienced Spaniard Robredo, currently ranked 72nd, who got the better of fourth seed Benoit Paire of France. In the first set he prevented Paire consolidating the sixth game break and rescued two set balls before forcing a tie-break – Robredo now took the initiative and closed out the opener with his second set ball. The set number two was a different story with Paire breaking the deadlock early on and adding another break by 4-1 to make it one set each in the end. He could not complete his comeback, though, as Robredo put in a miraculous performance in the decider where he dropped only 12 points and did not allow the Frenchman to get on the board. The Spaniard thus secured his semifinal spot by winning with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-0 final score.

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