Streaking Ferrero advances to Buenos Aires final

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Juan Carlos Ferrero powered into his second straight final when he downed former champion Juan Monaco 6-2, 7-6 (7) at the Copa Telmex on Saturday for his ninth straight win.

Second-seeded Ferrero won his 13th career title last weekend at Costa do Sauipe.

"Did I expect to reach the final here? When I started the South American tour in Brazil I found some problems having to play on clay, but I improved," he said.

Sunday's final will be an all-Spanish affair, as top-seeded David Ferrer was playing Albert Montanes in the second semifinal.

Former French Open champion and No. 1 Ferrero served too well for fourth-seeded Monaco, who was playing his second match of the day.

Because rain on Friday postponed some quarterfinals, Monaco, the 2007 Buenos Aires champion and 2009 runner-up, had to beat Argentine countryman Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 6-1 earlier Saturday for the second time this year.

"I felt mental and physical exhaustion ... did not sleep too well last night, got up with stomach problems, and this morning had a hard match," Monaco said.

Ferrero landed nearly 80 percent of his first serves and broke Monaco four times.

"In the tiebreak it got a bit complicated when it should not as I was leading well (5-1), but he (Monaco) played some good points," Ferrero said.