Bolelli advances to first semifinal since 2008 in Sao Paolo

by: AP February 15, 2013

SAO PAULO -- Simone Bolelli of Italy reached his first ATP semifinals since 2008, defeating Albert Montanes of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the Brazil Open on Friday.

The 80th-ranked Bolelli, who successfully played challengers last year to get back into the top 100, broke Montanes' service twice in the final set to secure the victory at the indoor clay-court tournament in Sao Paulo.

The Italian, who had five of his nine aces in the second set, will face either two-time defending champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain or David Nalbandian of Argentina, who meet later Friday at the Ibirapuera arena.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal will play Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in the last match Friday.

More Stories

The Baseline Top 10: Pics of Maria Sharapova winning at life

She’s been banned from playing, but nothing has stopped the Russian from being her A-list self.

Lara Arruabarrena wins Korea Open with strange 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 score

She defeated Monica Niculescu for her second WTA title.

Caroline Wozniacki overcomes injury, beats teenage wild card Naomi Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open

Wozniacki took a medical timeout midway through the first set because of a sore groin and came back with a bandaged left leg.