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Janko Tipsarevic © Tennistalk.com
Stuttgart
Semi final
7/14/12 1 2 3 Tot
rs  Janko Tipsarevic 6 2 6 2
br  Thomaz Bellucci 4 6 4 1
Thomaz Bellucci © Tennistalk.com
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez © Tennistalk.com
Stuttgart
Semi final
7/14/12 1 2 3 Tot
es  Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3 6 5 1
ar  Juan Monaco 6 3 7 2
Juan Monaco © Tennistalk.com
  • Tipsarevic, Monaco pull through in Stuttgart semis

    7/15/12 2:49 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Janko Tipsarevic holds off Thomaz Bellucci in three sets on Saturday in Stuttgart. Next up for Tipsarevic is Juan Monaco, who booked his spot in the final by surviving Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

    (1) Janko Tipsarevic d. Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

    Tipsarevic won a second consecutive match 6-4 in the third, this time taking out Bellucci in two hours and four minutes during semifinal action at the Mercedes Cup on Saturday. Stuttgart's top seed, who had outlasted Bjorn Phau in a topsy-turvy quarterfinal clash, started strong by holding his serve throughout the first set of this one. Nonetheless, Bellucci battled back nicely and broke Tipsarevic three times in a dominant second set.

    For the most part Bellucci held in routine fashion in the third, but one poor service game ended up costing the unseeded Brazilian. Tipsarevic consolidated his advantage, albeit not without a fight, and clinched victory with a final hold at 5-4. The world No. 8 wrapped up his effort with three aces and five double-faults while serving at a dismal 49 percent. Still, it was enough to set up a showdown against Juan Monaco.

    (2) Juan Monaco d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

    Despite nearly choking away a massive lead, Monaco survived a wild match against Garcia-Lopez after two hours and 40 minutes on Saturday afternoon in Stuttgart. The No. 2 seed got off to a comfortable enough start, breaking once in the first set without facing a single break point. Garcia-Lopez, though, fought off all four of the break points he faced in set two and finally earned a scalp of the Monaco serve.

    The momentum shifts were only just beginning, as Monaco raced to a 5-1 lead in the decider. However, the 14th-ranked Argentine twice failed to serve out the proceedings while blowing a whole host of match points in the process. Garcia-Lopez stormed back to a 5-5 deadlock only to get broken at 5-6 to end it. Monaco, who will bid for his third title of 2012 on Sunday, finished with 101 total points to Garcia-Lopez's 99.

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