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Roberto Bautista Agut beats defending champion Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4 to reach Stuttgart final

  • Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut  returns a ball to  Fabio Fognini  from Italy during their semifinal match of the Mercedes Cup ATP tennis tournament, in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday July 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Maurer)

    Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut returns a ball to Fabio Fognini from Italy during their semifinal match of the Mercedes Cup ATP tennis tournament, in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa,Daniel Maurer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italy's Fabio Fognini  serves a ball to Roberto Bautista Agut, from Spain,  during their semifinal match of the  Mercedes Cup ATP  tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday July 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/dpaDaniel Maurer)

    Italy's Fabio Fognini serves a ball to Roberto Bautista Agut, from Spain, during their semifinal match of the Mercedes Cup ATP tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/dpaDaniel Maurer)  (The Associated Press)

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated defending champion Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Mercedes Cup on Saturday.

The third-seeded Spaniard won almost three quarters of his service points and saved five break points in his victory over the top-seeded Italian in 1 hour, 14 minutes.

Bautista Agut was leading 4-1 in the first set when play was suspended for 40 minutes due to rain.

Fognini had been bidding to reach his fourth final of the season.

Bautista Agut, aiming for his second title following victory at 's-Hertogenbosch last month, will play either Czech Lukas Rosol or second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the final.

Youzhny won the tournament in 2002.