Federico Delbonis, a qualifier from Argentina, beat Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Bet-at-Home Open, in Hamburg, Germany, this afternoon, 7-6(7), 7-6(4). It was their first encounter.
Federer, who recently switched to a new racquet after a shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon, and since dropped in the rankings to No. 5, was looking to gain some momentum this week, as well as ranking points, on his road to the US Open.
It will be Delbonis’ first ATP final. He will play the Italian Fabio Fognini, who beat Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, 6-4, 7-6(1) in their semifinal.