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Fognini knocked out

Fabio Fognini will not retain his Mercedes Cup title in Stuttgart after losing his semi-final on Saturday.

The Italy Davis Cup player was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut, who was not deterred by a 40-minute break for rain when leading 4-1 in the opener.

Bautista-Agut must now see off Lukas Rosol if he is to win his second career title and his second of the season, having lifted the trophy at 's-Hertogenbosch prior to Wimbledon.

Rosol, best known to the casual fan for his SW19 conquering of Rafael Nadal in 2012, beat the second seed Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (7/3) 6-2.

This is the final edition of this event to be played on clay, with a move to grass scheduled for 2015.