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Rosol beats three-time champ Simon to reach Bucharest final

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Associated Press
4/27/2013 11:49:05 AM
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BUCHAREST, Romania -- Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic ousted three-time champion Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to reach his first career final at the BRD Tiriac Nastase.

Rosol will face fellow unseeded player Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat 2011 winner Florian Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Rosol stunned Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon last year but has struggled to live up to expectations since and this was his first semifinal on the ATP tour.

Rosol said "I knew that I could beat him if I played good tennis. I'm happy because today my game was working really well."

The Czech saved all eight break points he faced to end Simon's 16-match winning streak at the clay-court event.

Lukas Rosol (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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