• Monaco, Isner battle in Houston semifinal

    4/13/13 4:50 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Monaco, Isner battle in Houston semifinal In a repeat of the 2012 championship title match, defending champion Juan Monaco is set to face fellow seed John Isner in Saturday's semifinal. The winner moves on to meet either top seed Nicolas Almagro or Rhyne Williams.

    Defending champion Juan Monaco trails fifth seed John Isner 1-2 in the head-to-head series. The two last met for the 2012 Houston title, where the Argentine held on to win in three sets.

    Monaco is through to the final four by virtue of his straight-sets ousting of American qualifier Robby Ginepri, 6-1, 6-0. The 29-year-old passed through the match without facing a single break point.

    "John is a great player," Monaco assessed. "I'll have to play like today or even better tomorrow if I want to beat him. I have to be focused. When I get the opportunity, I can't miss it. I have to be ready."

    Monaco is seeking his 17th ATP World Tour final on Saturday.

    Isner advanced to the semifinal after holding on to upend Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The 27-year-old American has struck 48 aces entering into Saturday's semifinal.

    Isner will attempt to reach his 13th career ATP World Tour final.

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Finally did something this year. It's about time. Although Monaco is having a terrible year as well.

chr18 , 4/13/13 11:58 PM

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