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Nadal to face Thiem in Argentina semis

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Defending champion Rafael Nadal has reached the semifinals of the Argentina Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy on clay in the Argentine capital.

It followed Nadal's defeat of Juan Monaco on Thursday.

The Spaniard and former world No. 1 will get a tough test on Saturday against Dominic Thiem, a 22-year-old Austrian and one of the game's rising stars.

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3 R. Federer 8,795
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5 R. Nadal 4,880
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