Ferrer charges into Buenos Aires finals

1:48 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - Top-seeded and defending champion David Ferrer rolled into the finals at the clay-court Copa Claro tennis event on Saturday.

One day after the world No. 4 Spanish star whipped sixth-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1 in 75 minutes, he dispatched countryman Tommy Robredo by a 6-3, 6-2 count in 78 minutes to gain the title match.

Ferrer, who led the ATP with seven titles last year, beat 2011 champion Nicolas Almagro in last year's all-Spanish final in this Argentine capital and was the Buenos Aires runner-up in 2010.

The former Buenos Aires champ Robredo pasted German qualifier Julian Reister 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to gain the semis.

Almagro, the second seed in this year's event, advanced to Saturday's later semifinal after needing just an hour and 10 minutes to dispose of Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-1, 7-6 (7-3). The world No. 11 ripped off eight aces and won 73 percent of his first serves while never facing a break point for the match.

His victory sets up a matchup with third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, with the Swiss veteran ousting eighth-seeded Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to reach his first semifinal on the tour this season.

This week's champ will pocket $84,550.

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