Chela, Penetta in Abierto Mexicano semis

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Fourth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela advanced to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano on Thursday, beating sixth-seeded Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5.

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Fourth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela advanced to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano on Thursday, beating sixth-seeded Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5. "It's always tough to play against Massu," said Chela after battling for hours against the Chilean. "But, he made some mistakes, and I took advantage of them." Chela will face Argentine countryman Agustin Calleri, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Jose Acasuso, in the semifinals. Chela, who was the runner-up from last year's tournament, has lost his past four meetings against Calleri. "Every match is different. Agustin is a very good player. I have to play great tomorrow to beat him. Right now I'm thinking more about havig a good sleep," Chela said. Moya advances In a late game, Spaniard Carlos Moya beat his countryman Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (3), 6-3 and will face the winner between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Gaston Gaudio. In the other quarterfinals on Thursday night, top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero faced fifth-seeded Gaston Gaudio, and third-seeded Nicolas Almagro was set to play eighth-seeded Carlos Moya. In women's play, fifth-seeded Flavia Penetta - the 2005 winner and 2006 runner-up - beat Alize Cortne 7-5, 6-4 to set up a semifinal match against the winner of the late match between second-seeded Tathiana Garbin and Sara Errani. Emilie Loit also advanced, beating sixth-seeded Gisela Dulko 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Loit will face the winner of the late match between Julia Schruff and Melissa Torres.

Topics : Tennis Juan Ignacio Chela Flavia Pennetta
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