Monaco, Russell advance in Houston

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Juan Monaco beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 7-5 to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

In the second afternoon quarterfinal on Friday at River Oaks Country Club, Houston resident Michael Russell beat 19-year-old Ryan Harrison 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

The 28-year-old Monaco improved to 9-2 on clay and reached his third semifinal this year. He won on the clay in Vina del Mar in February and lost to top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Miami last month.

Monaco broke Anderson's serve to take a 6-5 lead in the second set, and Anderson fought off two match points before Monaco finished him off.

The 33-year-old Russell, a qualifier, converted 39 of 55 first serves to earn his first career semifinal berth.