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Bautista Agut downs Fognini

2014-07-12 17:03
Roberto Bautista Agut (Action Images)

Stuttgart - Roberto Bautista Agut and Lukas Rosol have reached the final of the Mercedes Cup with victories over the top two seeds in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Bautista Agut of Spain defeated defending champion and top seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4, then Czech player Rosol beat the second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (3), 6-2.

No. 3 seed Bautista Agut won almost three quarters of his service points and saved five break points for victory in 1 hour, 14 minutes.

The Spaniard was leading 4-1 in the first set when play was suspended for 40 minutes due to rain.

Fognini, who defeated Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in last year's final, had been bidding to reach his fourth final of the season.

Rosol struck 10 aces to Youzhny's five, and converted four of his nine break points to win in just under 1 1/2 hours. Youzhny won the tournament in 2002.

Rosol upset the fourth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the quarterfinals.

Both the 48th-ranked Czech and Bautista Agut are aiming for their second title. Rosol won at Bucharest last year while the 23rd-ranked Spaniard's maiden victory came at 's-Hertogenbosch last month.

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