Andujar, Starace in Moroccan final

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Casablanca, Morocco - Pablo Andujar of Spain and Italy's Potito Starace won semifinal matches Saturday and will meet for the title at the Moroccan Open.

Andujar upset top-seeded Albert Montanes, 6-4, 6-4, in the first semifinal before the fifth-seeded Starace outlasted Victor Hanescu, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-2) in the second match of the day. The eighth-seeded Hanescu was last year's Casablanca runner-up.

Montanes was the runner-up at this event in 2007 and had beaten his fellow Spaniard in each of the first two meetings. Andujar, however, got the better of the matchup this time and advanced to his second career ATP final.

Andujar, whose best prior finish this year was a quarterfinal appearance at the Brasil Open back in February, was a runner-up last September in Bucharest. He lost that title match to Juan Ignacio Chela.

Starace will also be vying for his first career title on Sunday. He has lost three finals in his career, including a setback to Juan Carlos Ferrero last year in Umag.

Sunday will mark the third career meeting between Starace and Andujar. The Italian won both previous matches, including a 6-4, 6-1 triumph in the second round of the Movistar Open in Chile back in February.

The 2011 Casablanca champ will pocket $103,000.


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