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Mirnyi cools off Coria, reaches Cincy Masters semis

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Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Big Belarusian upset sixth-seeded Argentine on Friday to reach the semifinals at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters -- the seventh of nine Masters Series events this year. Mirnyi, nicknamed "The Beast," toppled the French Open semifinalist Coria in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, after waiting out a pair of rain delays at a wet ATP Tennis Center.

Rain delayed play briefly for a first time with Mirnyi holding a 6-2, 2-2 lead, and then with the score knotted a 5-5 in the second, the skies burst open and forced a 2-hour, 23-minute stoppage. Mirnyi came out of the second delay to quickly dispatch Coria in two games, including a break of serve for the hard-hitting Belarusian in the final game.

Mirnyi, a quarterfinalist at last week's Masters Series event in Montreal, will appear in his third semifinal of the year, with the others coming in Estoril and Rotterdam, where he titled at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

The world No. 26 Mirnyi awaits the -Mariano Zabaleta victor.

The rugged baseliner Coria, who headed to Mason having won three of his last four tournaments, had claimed 18 of his previous 19 matches before falling to the serve-and-volley specialist Mirnyi, who overwhelmed the Argentine with a near-flawless service game on Day 5.

Coria, currently fourth in the Champions Race, could have become the Race leader with a championship this weekend.

The winner of this $2.45 million U.S. Open hardcourt tune-up will pocket $400,000.

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