Gil upsets Almagro in quarters
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Gil became the first Portuguese man in 17 years to reach an ATP Tour semifinals last week in Johannesburg, and that performance gave him a special exemption entry into the Brazil Open.
He repeated the semifinal effort with a solid performance against Almagro.
Gil earned the first breaks in both sets, only for the Spaniard to break back and force tiebreaks in which Gil showed more composure. Gil converted both of his break chances, while Almagro made only two of 11.
"This was a very important victory for me because this is a major tournament in Brazil and this gives the whole thing a very special flavor," said Bellucci, Brazil's top player.
"It will be a very difficult game," Acasuso said. "Tommy is in good shape."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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