RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-1 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Rio Open.
The Ukrainian is now 3-0 against Fognini. He also stopped the Italian from a chance to reach the final of his sixth consecutive clay-court event.
Dolgopolov dominated the entire match. Between sets Fognini had a massage on his right shoulder, which didn’t seem to help, and spent time complaining to the chair umpire about the hot, humid conditions.
In late matches for semifinal berths, top-seeded Rafael Nadal played Joao Sousa of Brazil, Tommy Robredo of Spain faced countryman Pablo Andujar, and No. 2 David Ferrer of Spain was against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.
In the combined ATP-WTA event, top-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic reached the semifinals, defeating Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-4, 6-0.
Zakopalova will face Brazilian Teliana Pereira, who defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-4, 6-4.
Pereira is a home favorite and the first Brazilian woman in 23 years to crack the WTA top 100.
“She (Zakopalova) is the favorite, the top-seeded player,” Pereira said. “I have to play like I did today and keep my good rhythm. But I have a lot of confidence and I will have the Brazilian fans behind me.”
Brazil’s most famous female player is still Maria Bueno, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles, the last in the 1966 US Open.
Zakopalova will be looking for her third WTA singles title. None of the other semifinalists has won a WTA singles title.
Japan’s Kurumi Nara also advanced. She won the first set 7-6 (5), and took the second 2-0 when Spain’s Lourdes Dominguez Lino withdrew with a left leg injury. She will face either Nastassja Burnett of Italy or Paula Ormaechea of Argentina in the semifinals.
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