Simone Bolelli will have plenty of crowd support as he takes on fourth seed Albert Montanes in the last four of the San Marino Challenger.
Bolelli's been playing some superb tennis of late, winning the Recanati title last month and enjoying some wins at ATP level. He's looking more and more like the top 50 player he once was and he's had little trouble reaching the semi-finals. He totally outclassed former Olympic champion Nicolas Massu in the second round, bagelling the hapless Chilean in just 19 minutes. He continued to dominate pretty much at will against second seed Blaz Kavcic in the quarters, overwhelming the Slovenian 6-1, 7-6(5).
Montanes can't be counted out. After all he has been top 30 in the world and once scored a win over Roger Federer but he's been so inconsistent over the past couple of seasons. He's made a couple of ATP quarter-finals this year but struggled on the challenger tour until June when he won the Monza title.
Like Bolelli he's eased into the semi-finals this week, comfortably beating Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva 7-5, 6-2 in the quarters.
Amazingly these two last played each other way back in 2005, at this very tournament with Bolelli winning 6-3, 6-4.
Prediction: Bolelli in two.