Rosol, Garcia-Lopez reach Bucharest final

by: AP April 27, 2013

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP)—Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic ousted three-time champion Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to reach his first career final at the BRD Tiriac Nastase.

Rosol will face fellow unseeded player Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat 2011 winner Florian Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Rosol stunned Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon last year but has struggled to live up to expectations since then.

The Czech saved all eight break points he faced to end Simon's 16-match winning streak at the clay-court event.

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