Three of the top four seeds in men's singles have reached the semi-finals at the XXV Pan American Championships in Temuco, Chile, including Mexican Daniel De La Rosa, who is the #1 seed and defending champion. De La Rosa beat Colombian Sebastian Franco, 15-8, 15-8, in the quarter-finals Thursday.
But 2nd seed Vincent Gagnon of Canada had a more difficult time of it as he needed a tie-breaker to defeat Bolivian Kadim Carrasco, 10-15, 15-11, 11-6.
The anticipated match between current Junior World U18 Champion Carlos Keller of Bolivia (the 5th seed) and Canadian Champion Mike Green did not disappoint, as both players made some great shots and played it close. But the veteran Green - the 1999 Pan American Champion - won 15-11, 15-11, to set up a semi-final showdown with De La Rosa.
Fernando Rios of Ecuador will be Gagnon's semi-final opponent, as Rios ended 3rd seeded Luis Perez's (Dominican Republic) fine run of results in Temuco with a 15-7, 15-9 victory.
The men's singles semi-finals will be on Friday in Temuco with the final on Saturday. The Pan American Racquetball Confederation (PARC) is streaming matches live via their website.
XXV Pan American Championships
April 2012 - Temuco, Chile
Men's Singles - Quarter finals
Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Sebastian Franco (Colombia), 15-8, 15-8
Mike Green (Canada) d. Carlos Keller (Bolivia), 15-11, 15-11
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) d. Luis Perez (Dominican Republic), 15-7, 15-9
Vincent Gagnon (Canada) d. Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia), 10-15, 15-11, 11-6
Men's Singles - Semi-finals
Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) v. Mike Green (Canada)
Vincent Gagnon (Canada) v. Fernando Rios (Ecuador)
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