Moya knocks out top seed Ferrero at dual-gender Acapulco event

Mar 3, 2007 - 5:20 AM ACAPULCO, Mexico (Ticker) -- Juan Carlos Ferrero has come up short again.

The top seed and former world No. 1 from Spain, Ferrero lost to eighth-seeded countryman Carlos Moya, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals of the dual-gender Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament on Friday.

Ferrero has not won an ATP event since Madrid in 2003, losing all six of his finals appearances since. The world No. 26 looked poised for another chance at a title at this $757,000 claycourt event after working his way past Czech Lukas Dlouhy, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), in Thursday quarters.

But Moya had other ideas after posting the biggest upset of the tournament on Thursday, a straight-sets victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

In Friday's first match, Juan Ignacio Chela advanced to the final when fellow Argentine Agustin Calleri was forced to retire in the second set with a muscle strain in his thigh. Calleri won the first set, 6-4, and was tied at 5-5 in the second.

In the women's draw, two unseeded players advanced to the finals.

Italian Flavia Pennetta defeated countrywoman Sara Errani, 6-2, 6-4. Errani was looking to continue her momentum after knocking off second seed Tathiana Garbin of Italy in the quarters.

In the other semifinal match, Frenchwoman Emilie Loit rallied past German Julia Schruff, 0-6, 6-2, 6-1. Loit was coming off an upset of sixth-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina.

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