• Tipsarevic takes on Bellucci in Stuttgart semifinals

    7/14/12 7:37 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Tipsarevic takes on Bellucci in Stuttgart semifinals Janko Tipsarevic will battle Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday for a place in the Stuttgart final. Juan Monaco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez are also in action.

    (1) Janko Tipsarevic vs. Thomaz Bellucci

    Tipsarevic and Bellucci will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they collide during semifinal action at the Mercedes Cup on Saturday. Bellucci won their only previous encounter 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 at the 2009 Indian Wells Masters. The 64th-ranked Brazilian has not been playing great tennis this season, but he has wins this week over Robin kern, Bernard Tomic, and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.

    Tipsarevic, Stuttgart's No. 1 seed, has improved his 2012 record to 34-14. However, it has not been easy for the eighth-ranked Serb. After dismissing Steve Darcis in straight sets, Tipsarevic survived a wild, back-and-fourth encounter with Bjorn Phau 6-7(6), 7-6(2), 6-4 that lasted two hours and 57 minutes and saw the victor save four match points. Based on the previous round and the clay-court surface, Bellucci in three sets is the pick.

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. (2) Juan Monaco

    Garcia-Lopez and Monaco will be squaring off for the fifth time in their careers at the ATP level on Saturday. Monaco is leading the head-to-head series 3-1, but it is tied at one win apiece on clay. They most recently faced each other two years ago in Indian Wells, where Monaco prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

    The 14th-ranked Argentine is looking for his third ATP title of the season. His quest is off to a good start having taken out both Tobias Kamke and Pavol Cervenak in straight sets. Garcia-Lopez is over .500 for his 2012 campaign (17-15) thanks to victories this week over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Pablo Andujar, and Dustin Brown. Count of Monaco getting the job done in straight sets.

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