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Fognini beats Almagro to reach Hamburg final
Italy's Fabio Fognini celebrates after defeating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during the final match of the Mercedes Cup ATP tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany Sunday, July 14, 2013. Fabio Fognini came from behind to beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in three sets in the final of the ATP Mercedes Cup on Sunday for his first career title. The fifth-seeded Italian won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on the sun-drenched clay court after taking a decisive 4-1 lead in the final set. (AP Photo/dpa, (AP Photo/dpa,Marijan Murat)
July 20, 2013, 8:29 am

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Fabio Fognini moved within one win of his second title in two weeks when he beat third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the first semifinal of the German Tennis Championships on Saturday.

Fognini won his first career title in Stuttgart last week and is riding a nine-match winning streak.

It was the 12th-seeded Italian's 24th win on clay this season. Fognini is the second Italian to reach the final in Hamburg after Adriano Panatta lost to Manuel Orantes in 1972.

Almagro is second in career clay-court titles among active players with 12. Rafael Nadal has 42.

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