Nadal to play Ferrer in Acapulco final

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Rafael Nadal came through a tough match with Nicolas Almagro to make the final in Acapulco. In the 7-5 6-4 victory, he showed he could deal with a top clay player with little trouble. Nadal saved all four break points in the match, most importantly a set point when serving down *4-5 30-40 in the first set after Almagro had set it up with a body shot. Almost immediately Almagro was punished, going down 15-40 in the following service game. The first was saved but Nadal drew the error on the second to serve for the first set, doing so with a hold from 0-30 down.

Almagro continued to trouble Nadal in the second set, only to falter at the key moments. A 0-30 at 1-0 remained unconverted before he earned himself three break points at 3-2 up. Nadal played more aggressive on these points and was rewarded as he saved them to hold. The decisive break came for Nadal in the ninth game of the set, taking the game to 30 to serve for the match. A double fault at 30-15 looked to make things interesting but the No.2 seed held on to book his place in the final where he will play David Ferrer.

Ferrer made surprisingly hard work of an inspired Fabio Fognini, needing three sets to defeat the Italian. After Ferrer won their encounter last week for the loss of just three games, the 6-3 (5)6-7 6-1 result was very surprising. Fognini made much of the early running and had break point chances in the opening game of the set was well as at 3-3 but neither were converted. Ferrer would make the Italian pay in the next game breaking at the second time of asking to serve for the set, doing so to love.

A wild second set saw Fognini take a break lead twice, only to be pegged back immediately on both occasions. Both players had break opportunities in the final two games of the set but neither would be taken so a tie break would be needed to settle it. From 2-0, Fognini won five straight points to take control of the set, eventually gaining three set points at 6-3. Two were saved on Ferrer’s serve and a second serve from the Italian looked a prime target for Ferrer to get this match over and done with in two sets, but all he could do was net the return to send it to a third. After Ferrer saved three break points to hold in the first match, the match would quickly get away Fognini who was broken straight away. Ferrer tightened up his service games and broke once more late on to seal the 6-1 set and with it a place in the final.

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