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Wawrinka reaches semis in Monte Carlo

A day after beating Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka has reached the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 13th-seeded Swiss defeated German qualifier Andreas Beck 6-2, 6-4 to set up a tough match against world number three Novak Djokovic. The Serb beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Friday.

Wawrinka, 24, won his fourth matchpoint when Beck double faulted.

He has lost five of his seven previous meetings with Djokovic, including the last four. The most recent match was on hard courts at Indian Wells, California, this year.

“I’m very pleased to play against him again, this time on clay,” Wawrinka said. “I think it’s going to be a very physical match. I know he likes to be very aggressive.”

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