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Juan Monaco beats Guido Pella 6-4, 7-6 (8) to reach final in Duesseldorf

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Argentine's Guido Pella returns a shot to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic during their tennis match at the Power Horse Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Pella, a qualifier, defeated top seeded Tipsarevic with 7-6 and 6-1. (AP Photo/dpa, Caroline Seidel)The Associated Press

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.