Juan Monaco clashes with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the last four of ATP Stuttgart this afternoon.
Monaco is closing in on his third clay-court title of the year after triumphs in Vina Del Mar and Houston. He did not find things completely straightforward against qualifier Pavol Cervenak in the quarters. The Slovak may be ranked outside the top 200 but after a string of upsets this week, he could not be underestimated and Monaco found himself two breaks down in the second set before reeling off six games in a row to win 6-1, 7-5..
"I think I started very well, but then in the second set he started to play a little better," Monaco said. "I was 1-5 down but I came back for 7-5 (in the second set), so I'm very happy. He (Garcia-Lopez) has the game typical of Spanish guys. I've played him many times and I know his game. It will be a difficult one for me."
Garcia-Lopez cruised into the last four, blitzing past Dustin Brown 6-0, 6-3. Brown won just 10 points in a first set which silenced the home fans.
Monaco has won three of his four career matches against Garcia-Lopez. The Spaniard's win came way back in 2005 while Monaco has won the past three, most recently in Indian Wells a couple of years ago.