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Isner, Lopez advance to US clay-court semi-finals

AFP, Houston, Texas

World No. 10 John Isner beat defending champion Ryan Sweeting 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4) on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the US$442,500 ATP US Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Isner, the second seed, fired 11 aces and saved all six break points that he faced in the all-American quarter-final to improve to 19-6 for the season and keep alive his hopes for a first clay-court title.

Isner, a runner-up last month at Indian Wells, will next face Spanish third seed Feliciano Lopez, who led 6-4, 2-2 when Carlos Berlocq of Argentina retired injured.

Lopez is chasing his third ATP title and his first on clay.

The other semi-final will see Argentine fourth seed Juan Monaco, who edged South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, take on US qualifier Michael Russell, who outlasted Ryan Harrison 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in another all-American quarter-final.

Monaco, ranked 16th, won his fourth career ATP title, and first since 2007, in February at Vina del Mar and reached the semi-finals last month in Miami, Florida, losing to eventual winner, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Anderson, ranked 33rd, was denied a chance for his second title in as many months after taking his second career ATP crown last month at Delray Beach, Florida.

Russell, a 33-year-old hometown hero, reached his first career ATP semi-final by holding off 19-year-old Harrison.



Third-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain won two matches in a day on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II.

Andujar first defeated Potito Starace of Italy 6-3, 6-0 in a second-round match that had been delayed by rain, and then ousted fellow Spaniard Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

Andujar will next play Flavio Cipolla of Italy, who beat Benoit Parie of France 6-3, 6-4.

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