Fognini edges Almagro to reach final in Chile

by: AP February 08, 2014

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VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP)—Top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy defeated No. 3 Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5) Saturday to reach the final of the Royal Guard Open clay-court tournament.

Fognini will be playing on Sunday for his third ATP singles title. The other two came last season on clay.

Almagro has 12 singles titles — all on clay — and was gunning for his 13th. Six of his titles have come on clay in Latin America, although he has never won a title in Chile.

Fognini will be a strong favorite in the final on the outdoor surface against unseeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, who defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the other semifinal.

This will be Mayer's first singles final. He has one title in doubles.

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