Posted May 23, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Juan Monaco reached the final of the Power Horse Cup by beating Guido Pella 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Friday. Monaco is seeded third and the highest-ranked player left in the field. But he needed nearly 2 hours to overcome his left-handed, 101th-ranked opponent, who was playing in his first semifinal match on the tour after going through qualifying. Pella saved two match points - and wasted one set point - before whipping a backhand into the net to end the grueling battle from the baseline. Monaco finished with eight aces, while Pella had one. The 19th-ranked Monaco will play either sixth-seed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland or Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands.
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