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Italy beats Argentina, advances to Davis Cup quarterfinal

Buenos Aires, Feb 2 (EFE).- Fabio Fognini defeated Carlos Berlocq Sunday, helping Italy beat Argentina 3-1 and advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The 15th-ranked Fognini was the star of this Davis Cup tie for Italy, beating Juan Monaco in singles on Friday and teaming up with Simone Bolelli to win in doubles on Saturday. Fognini defeated Berlocq 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in three hours and 38 minutes. Argentina was without the services of world No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro due to his sour relations with the country's tennis federation.

Tennis: Stepanek, Monaco to open Davis Cup semi-final

Radek Stepanek of holders Czech Republic will take on Argentina's Juan Monaco in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup semi-finals starting in Prague on Friday. Stepanek, the world number 61 and the Czech number two, will face Argentina's number-one player, the 30th-ranked Monaco, at Prague's O2 Arena at 1300 GMT on Friday. After that rubber, fifth-ranked Tomas Berdych will face world number 93 Leonardo Mayer on the superfast acrylic hardcourt, on which the Czechs won last year's finals against Spain.

Tennis: Granollers downs Monaco in Kitzbuehel final

Spain's eighth seed Marcel Granollers won the Kitzbuehel Cup clay-court event on Saturday after coming from a set down to beat Juan Monaco 0-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in the final. Monaco, seeded two, appeared on course to win his second title of the year when he comprehensively won the opening set to love in just 23 minutes. However, the 53rd-ranked Granollers, who knocked out defending champion Robin Haase in the semi-finals, came back to level the match in a second set tie-break before eventually holding his nerve to win the decider.

Monaco advances to Kitzbuhel semis with 3-set win

International Sports Desk, Aug 1 (EFE).- Argentina's Juan Monaco advanced to the semifinals of the bet-at-home Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria, with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory Thursday over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The second-seeded Monaco secured the victory on the strength of his rock-solid baseline game, winning a whopping 80 percent of his second-serve points throughout the one-hour, 54-minute contest.

Juan Monaco advances to Kitzbuhel quarterfinals

International Sports Desk, Jul 31 (EFE).- Argentina's Juan Monaco advanced to the quarterfinals of the bet-at-home Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria, with a 6-3, 6-4 victory Wednesday over Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer. Monaco, the highest-ranked player remaining in this clay-court event after top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber lost in the second round on Tuesday to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, won a match filled with numerous service breaks. For the contest, Monaco broke Haider-Maurer's serve six times and lost his own on three occasions.

Tennis: Swiss Open results

Results from day three of the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): Men's singles 2nd round Juan Monaco (ARG x4) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-1, 6-2 Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x6) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 afp

Federer struggles to reach Hamburg semis

International Sports Desk, Jul 19 (EFE).- Top seed Roger Federer struggled more than expected against Germany's Florian Mayer but eked out a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5 victory Friday to reach the semifinals of the German Open in Hamburg. The Swiss world No. 5, a four-time winner of this clay-court event, lost his serve five times over the final two sets but he was able to win just enough of the big points to escape with the win.

Almagro tops Monaco to advance to Hamburg semis

International Sports Desk, Jul 19 (EFE).- Spain's Nicolas Almagro rallied to defeat Argentina's Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the German Open in Hamburg. The third-seeded Spaniard initially found himself on the short end of the baseline rallies, but gradually lifted his game to hand Monaco a "bagel" in the second set and wrap up the match in comfortable fashion.

Tennis: ATP Hamburg Open - 3rd update

Results from the ATP Hamburg Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 3rd rd Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Jan Hajek (CZE) 6-4, 6-3 Tommy Haas (GER x2) bt Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 6-2, 6-4 Fernando Verdasco (ESP x14) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL x4) 7-5, 4-0 - Janowicz retired injured Juan Monaco (ARG x5) bt Benoit Paire (FRA x9) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Nicolas Almagro (ESP x3) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-2, 6-3 Fabio Fognini (ITA x12) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-2, 6-4 afp

Tennis: Federer struggles to win Hamburg opener

Roger Federer struggled in his first match since his Wimbledon humiliation when he had to come back from a set down to defeat Germany's Daniel Brands in his Hamburg opener on Wednesday. The 31-year-old, top-seeded Federer won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 against the world number 58, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, to reach the third round of a tournament he last played in 2008. It was his 30th career win at the tournament. "I think it was good for me to have a tough match like this and come through at the end," said Federer.
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