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Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro; sets up final with David Ferrer

Associated Press
Mar 02, 2013 at 12:53pm IST

Acapulco: Rafael Nadal won through to the final of the Mexican Open with a straight-sets victory over Nicolas Almagro on Friday, setting up a clash with another Spanish compatriot and three-time defending champion David Ferrer.

Nadal beat Almagro 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes, extending his perfect record in their head-to-head meetings to 9-0.

Ferrer had to work hard to reach his fourth-straight final here, edging Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 in two hours and 23 minutes. The decisive moment was the opening game of the third set when Ferrer saw off three break points to hold serve.

Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro; sets up final with Ferrer

Rafael Nadal beat Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes, extending his perfect record in their head-to-head meetings to 9-0.

Ferrer has won 19 straight matches in this event and on Sunday will be aiming for his third title already in 2013.

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