• Houston - Monaco continues title defense on Friday

    4/12/13 4:34 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Houston - Monaco continues title defense on Friday Defending champion Juan Monaco looks to reach the final four in Houston, as he takes the court against veteran Robby Ginepri. The players are joined in quarterfinal action by top seed Nicolas Almagro, who faces Paolo Lorenzi.

    (3) Juan Monaco vs. (Q) Robby Ginepri

    Defending champion Juan Monaco leads qualifier Robby Ginepri 1-0 in the series. The players are set to meet for the first time since 2008.

    Monaco is through to the quarterfinal by virtue of his 7-6(5), 6-1 ousting of American Tim Smyczek. The third seed is seeking his first semifinal berth of the season.

    World No. 283 Robby Ginepri reached the final eight after dismissing Argentina's Martin Alund. The 30-year-old veteran will attempt to make his first Tour-level semifinal since 2008.

    (1) Nicolas Almagro vs. Paolo Lorenzi

    Top seed Nicolas Almagro holds a 1-0 edge against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. The two last met at the 2012 French Open, where the Spaniard recorded a first-round victory in straight sets.

    Almagro made the quarterfinal after rallying to defeat former world No. 7 Gael Monfils. The world No. 12 is bidding for his third clay-court semifinal of the season, adding to previous final four finishes in Buenos Aires and Acapulco.

    Lorenzi is through to the last eight following his straight-sets upending of fellow Italian Flavio Cipolla. The 31-year-old Rome native looks to secure his first Tour-level semi of the season.

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