TennisFriday, February 28, 2014
Mónaco ends three-match losing streak
Federer, Djokovic to meet in Dubai semis
Argentine Juan Mónaco advanced to the Brazil Open quarterfinals and cut a three-match losing streak as he defeated Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-5 yesterday. In the Dubai Championship, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet in the semifinals today.
SAO PAULO, Brazil — Fourth seed Juan Mónaco ended a three-match losing streak against Albert Ramos to kick-start his 2014 ATP World Tour season yesterday at the Brazil Open.
Argentine Mónaco notched just his second win of the year with a 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-5 victory in two hours and 54 minutes.
Mónaco, who is through to his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal since a runner-up finish at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel (lost to Spaniard Marcel Granollers) in early August 2013, will attempt to earn his 200th clay-court match win when he meets Paolo Lorenzi today. Lorenzi defeated qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-4 6-3 in 72 minutes.
Later yesterday, third seed Granollers lost to Martin Klizan 6-4 6-3, and local hope and 2009 runner-up Thomaz Bellucci faced Andreas Haider-Maurer in second-round action at press time.
DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIP. While top-seeded Novak Djokovic had a rest day when opponent Mikhail Youzhny became ill and withdrew from their quarterfinal yesterday, Roger Federer had to play his way into their semifinal date at the Dubai Championships.
The fourth-seeded Federer, who has won this title five times, won his 40th match at the Dubai Championships with a 6-2 6-2 win over Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Federer holds a slim 16-15 winning record over Djokovic. The Serbian, however, has beaten Federer in their last three matches, and nine of their last 12 meetings.
The other semifinal will feature third-seeded Tomas Berdych against seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Playing in his fourth quarterfinal of the season, Kohlschreiber’s 6-2 6-3 win over Tunisian wild card Malik Jazirivictory was his 300th match-win on the ATP Tour. Berdych, who was a finalist last year, fought past fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3.